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Police launch appeal following farm burglary in north of Pembrokeshire

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Dyfed-Powys Police is investigating a burglary that occurred overnight on Tuesday 21st/Wednesday 22nd December 2021, at a farm in north Pembrokeshire.

A number of Makita power tools, a yellow and black trials bike and an engine driven pressure washer were stolen from the property, with an estimated total value of £6500.

Anyone with information that could help officers with their investigation is asked to report it to Dyfed-Powys Police, either online at: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk, or by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. Quote reference: DP-20211222-065. Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org.

In light of this incident, Dyfed-Powys Police’s Rural Crime Team are asking that those living in rural areas take extra precautions to secure both their property and plant equipment.

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Eddies bouncer accused of assaulting clubber

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A NIGHTCLUB bouncer has been sent to Swansea Crown Court for trial charged with assault causing actual bodily harm to a clubber.

Sam Skinner, 39, of Charles Street, Neyland denies the charge which allegedly took place at Eddy’s Nightclub, Haverfordwest on September 9.

Crown Prosecutor Sian Vaughan alleged that the complainant, Mr Ryan John Lewis, was being escorted out of the club when Skinner, who was working as a doorman, picked him up by the neck, swung him around causing his feet to leave the floor and threw him onto the pavement causing him to lose consciousness.   “The complainant was vulnerable because he was intoxicated and unable to defend himself,” added Miss Vaughan. 

Magistrates declined jurisdiction and committed Sam Skinner to Swansea Crown Court for trial on February 15.  He was granted unconditional bail.

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Roofer sentenced over faulty work at elderly victim’s home

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A PEMBROKESHIRE roofer who ‘could not care less’ about the faulty work he carried out at a disabled pensioner’s home has received a suspended prison sentence.

Scott Keane, aged 41 and trading as Pembrokeshire Roofing Services, charged the victim £8,000 for work on her roof, but within weeks serious leaks were discovered.

Following a complaint to Pembrokeshire County Council’s Trading Standards team, an expert was commissioned to examine the work.

The subsequent report highlighted many serious faults with all aspects of the roof and recommended that it be replaced.

Following an investigation, Keane, who advertised his services on Facebook, was charged with four counts under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations.

Keane appeared before magistrates in Haverfordwest on November 29 th 2021 and pleaded guilty to all four charges.

The charges covered the fitness for purpose of the work; a failure to provide required information; misleading actions and unfair commercial practices.

Sentencing was referred to Swansea Crown Court on Thursday 13th January, 2022.

Judge Geraint Walters told Keane that the victim was elderly and disabled and he had a ‘slapdash attitude to the work.’

Judge Walters added that Keane ‘could not care less’ about the practices used at her home.

Keane was sentenced to a six month prison sentence, suspended for two years.  

He was placed under a 30 days Rehabilitation Activity Requirement and ordered to pay £6,000 in compensation to the victim at the rate of £400 per month.  

He was also ordered to pay a £128 victim surcharge.

Judge Walters said that given Keane’s financial circumstances he had prioritised compensation over costs.

However, the Judge praised Pembrokeshire County Council for the way the Authority had prepared the case and said the Council had “done a very responsible job in bringing the case to court”.

Pembrokeshire County Council Cabinet Member for Public Protection, Cllr Cris Tomos, said: “I add my congratulations to those of the Judge in commending our Trading Standards team for bringing this case to court and securing the prosecution.

“This has been a difficult time for the victim and I hope this result will provide some comfort and closure.

“I hope this case will underline that the Council will not hesitate to act on complaints received and, where appropriate, investigate and prosecute.”

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Haines appears at crown court for the second time accused of the murder of Lily Sullivan

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A MAN charged with the murder of Lily Sullivan on December 17, has appeared at Swansea Crown Court this morning (Jan 14) for the second time.

Lewis Haines, 34, of Flemish Court, Lamphey, is accused of murdering 18-year-old Lily Sullivan on December 17, after police discovered her life-less body at the Mill Pond, Pembroke.

Haines last appeared at Crown court on December 23. No plea was given to the charge and the defendant was remanded into custody.

It has been confirmed that a psychiatric report on the defendant will be prepared before the trial, after claims Haines suffers with mental health issues.

The court heard how Lily had met Haines for the first time at local nightclub Out, in Pembroke, on the evening of December 16, where they chatted and left the premises separately.

However once outside the premises CCTV shows the pair heading down an alleyway towards the Mill Pond together.

Haines was next picked up on CCTV leaving the area alone and crossing the bridge heading towards Pembroke Dock area.

Lily’s body was discovered at the Mill Pond, Pembroke, on the morning of December, 17.

Tragic: Lily Sullivan

An inquest into the death of Lily Sullivan was opened and adjourned this week, while the criminal investigation continues.

At 4:12am on Friday, December 18, police were called to the Mill Pond area after receiving reports of a female in the water, the inquest heard.

Lisa Jenkins, the coroner officer, said that despite attempts by paramedics to resuscitate her, Lily was pronounced dead at 6.02am.

Haines’ defence lawyer told the court “It is not disputed that the defendant was the last person with the deceased or that some force was used against her.”

However they added that “There is an issue of drowning to consider”.

Haines’ lawyer suggested to the court that the defence will pursue the possibility of whether manslaughter is the appropriate alternative.

No official plea has been entered by the defendant.

Haines will next appear at Swansea Crown Court on May 16 for a pre-trial hearing.

The official trial is expected to start on June 13.

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