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magA TRIAL was held at Haverfordwest Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday after a man from Hakin, Milford Haven pleaded not guilty to assaulting his ex girlfriend. Shaun Lee Roberts, aged 37 of Picton Road was eventually found guilty of the charge. Prosecutor, Nicholas Newton said: “On July 29, the defendant had been out drinking and had come home in the early hours of the morning. His partner was asleep in bed. He suffers from Crohn’s disease and has to have a colostomy bag. The bag leaked while they were in bed and there was an altercation.”

The victim took to the witness stand and said: “We were in a four year relationship and were living together in James Street in a two bedroom house. On that night Shaun had gone out playing pool and when he came in went straight to bed. He got up about two hours later and he fell against the bed. He couldn’t have done his colostomy bag up properly and some of the contents fell on my leg – it was hot that night and I had one leg out of the covers.” She continued to speak about the incident: “I turned the light on and said ‘Shaun, what have you done’ and he was saying ‘It’s all your fault’ and ‘It’s not come from me’.

I went to the bathroom to clear it up and he came in as well because he was covered. I gave him a tissue and he wiped some off his leg and he threw the tissue at my face. I slapped him and pushed him out the way. I thought it was absolutely disgusting and vile. I went into the bedroom and I went to pull the sheets off, but he came in and held me down on the bed and had his fist clenched in the air, and was saying ‘Come on then, come on then’. He wasn’t choking me, it was just enough force to keep me there.

I pulled my legs up kicked him with my feet, and he took his hand off my throat and grabbed my ankles and was twisting them. I was trying to kick back and I managed to push him off with all my force, and I ran down stairs. I opened the door to the living room and held the door to stop him getting in. He was banging on it trying to smash it, but then he hurt his arm and was saying ‘You’ve broken my arm’.

Then he went quiet for about ten to twenty seconds and I opened the door, ran past him and went upstairs. I rang him mum and then my mum.” Roberts told the court: “My bag had leaked and I got up and she kicked me off the bed. There were wet wipes in the bedroom and she started giving me verbal abuse. I was embarrassed about the situation and I had a scrunched up wet wipe in my hand, so I threw it at her.

He continued with his version of events: “She pushed me and started kicking me and I grabbed her ankles, and then she reached up and hit me on the head twice. She was effing and blinding at me. I went to the toilet to clean myself up and she followed me saying ‘Get out of my f****** house’. She went into the living room and slammed the door and I hit it and damaged it and hurt myself.

I went to look at my arm in the mirror and then I went back to the bedroom and cleaned the bed and bedpost.” Roberts is due to be sentenced for charges of actual bodily harm and threats to kill on the same person as in this case and wounding to a male at Swansea Crown Court on October 17. Magistrates said: “We find the evidence of the witness credible and Roberts accepts he held her throat and had a clenched fist. We believe that this is not self defence and are not the actions of a calm man.” Roberts was found guilty of the charge and the case was sent to Swansea Crown Court for sentencing on October 22.

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Tragedy above Milford Haven takeaway

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DYFED POWYS POLICE has confirmed that a 20-year-old male passed away in Milford Haven last Saturday, April 17.

Police were called to the USA Fried Chicken store on Charles Street at around 1:30pm but have said there are no suspicious circumstances.

A Herald reporter was at the scene and witnessed a number of police cars and an ambulance while plain-clothed officers were also seen.

HM Coroner has been informed.

A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesperson added: “We were called to Charles Street in Milford Haven on Saturday 17 April at approximately 1.34pm to reports of a medical emergency. We attended the scene with one emergency ambulance where we assisted colleagues from the police.”

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Tavernspite School the ‘healthiest of schools despite the pandemic’

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THE STAFF, governors, parents, and of course, the children of Tavernspite Community Primary School are delighted to gain the Welsh Network of Healthy School Schemes National Quality Award for an incredible 5th time after a recent and very rigorous assessment.

The school is already well known and highly regarded for its outstanding work in developing the health and wellbeing of all members of its school community. To achieve this prestigious recognition in the midst of a pandemic is all the more impressive. 

Health and Wellbeing at the school is led by teacher, Lauren Arthur, who has done an incredible job preparing for this re-assessment and raising the profile of the Healthy Schools scheme.

The assessor Mrs Lynne Perry, enjoyed a virtual tour and presentation by Year 3 pupils who took great pleasure in proudly showing Mrs Perry all the wonderful work the school has done to ensure its children are safe, happy with high levels of emotional and physical wellbeing.

In her report, Mrs Perry wrote, ‘Tavernspite School continues to be an outstanding health promoting school. The health promoting school ethos is evident across the whole school population and it runs seamlessly throughout everything that the school does. Tavernspite School continues to give high priority to promoting and enhancing the health and well-being of the whole school community.’

The school received fantastic support from Mrs Liz Western, Senior Public Health Officer and Lead for Healthy Schools and Pre-schools, Pembrokeshire, to whom they are very grateful.

Head teacher Kevin Phelps said, ‘We were delighted to receive this award for the fifth time, particularly considering the experiences we have all been through these past twelve months. Health and wellbeing has never been so important and we are proud to be leading the way like this.’

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Joinery learner through to Screwfix Trade Apprentice of the Year Finals

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PEMBROKESHIRE COLLEGE joinery learner, Conor Ratcliff has made it through to the final ten in this year’s Screwfix Trade Apprentice of the Year competition.

Now in its seventh year, the competition celebrates the next generation of tradespeople as they start out on their career. With over 2,500 nominations, Conor was shortlisted to the top 30 where he had to deliver a video presentation to industry-leading judges and trade body representatives. Judged on professionalism, creativity, innovation, enthusiasm and knowledge of their trade, Conor impressed the judges and is now in the final 10.  

Simon Jackson, Screwfix Customer and Digital director, commented: “Every year we are amazed by the outstanding quality of entrants and, this year, we are on the lookout for apprentices who go above and beyond to succeed within their chosen trade.

“We’ve seen how this career-boosting accolade and £10,000 prize bundle helps kickstart an apprentice’s career. I’d like to wish everyone through to this stage the best of luck!”

The prize package includes everything a future tradesperson may need to start up their own business including £5,000 of tools, a £3,000 training budget and £2,000 worth of technology. The college where they study will also receive £2,000.

Conor is thrilled to have made it through to the finals and commented: “I am extremely honoured to have made it this far in the competition and I am very excited for the final event. It would be an amazing opportunity for me, if I won this competition.

“I hope it encourages more people to consider an apprenticeship in a trade, the Carpentry and Joinery department have been incredibly supportive during my studies.”

The Final is due to take place imminently where the judges will conduct an online interview with the ten finalists before selecting and announcing their overall winner.

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