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Milford Haven man who assaulted partner is sentenced to prison

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A MILFORD Haven man has been reprimanded by a Crown Court judge for ‘demeaning’ his partner during a prolonged and persistent attack. 

Warren Harper, 30, appeared at Swansea Crown Court on Tuesday (Aug 30) via video link, after pleading guilty to a charge of assaulting his partner, causing actual bodily harm. 

Dressed in a dark blue shirt, he listened as barrister Sian Cutter, prosecuting for the Crown, described the events on the night of July 3. 

Harper had been drinking in Milford Haven with his partner, Demi Oliver. 

At approximately 11.p.m an argument broke out between the pair. Ms Oliver left the scene and returned home. Harper was waiting for her when she arrived.

Sian Cutter said: “They immediately got into an argument and the defendant held his hand over her mouth, held her down and squeezed her to the face to the point where she was unable to breathe properly,”

“He then grabbed her by her arms and pulled her hair, resulting in some of it falling out.”

Ms Oliver managed to escape from the property and ran to a neighbour’s house for help.

She suffered bruising to both her eyes, bruising to her right arm, right leg and beneath her chin as a result of the assault. She also sustained scratches to her hands, a cut to her top lip, and large abrasions across her back.

Harper has three prior convictions for battery against two of his former partners, according to the Crown.

Jon Tarrant, representing Harper, said: “This particular relationship was going quite well, but what caused this incident was the alcohol which is his predominant problem.”

While addressing Harper, Judge Huw Rees told him that his behaviour towards women is unacceptable. 

“You must understand that when you attack women in this way, as you have done on three separate occasions to two other partners, you demean them as women,” he said.

“You also demean yourself as a human being.”

Harper was sentenced to 20 months in custody, half of which will be spent in prison while the remainder will be spent on probation.

“This assault was on a vulnerable woman in the confines of her own home,” said Judge Huw Rees.

“If you don’t watch what you do in the future as far as assaulting women is concerned, your sentences will increase incrementally.

“And you’ll now have time to consider this during the sentence which I’ve decided to impose.”

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More than £700 worth of vapes stolen from store

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE are appealing for witnesses following a burglary at a store in St David’s, where vapes to the value of more than £700 were taken.

At approximately 2am on Thursday, September 1, a window in the front doors of CK’s store was smashed through by two males.

Once inside, the males took a number of vapes worth approximately £720.

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.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. 

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org. Quote reference: DPP/6886/01/09/2022/02/C.

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Man accused of child rape has case delayed due to barristers’ strike

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THE CASE of a Cardigan man accused of raping a girl under the age of 13 has been delayed due to barristers’ strike action.

Nathan Edwin William Griffiths, 32, of Golwg-y-Castell, Cardigan, is alleged to have raped the young girl on two occasions between January 19, 2014 and January 20, 2015.

However, the Swansea Crown Court hearing on Wednesday (Sept 9), where a plea was expected, had to be postponed until November due to the strike.

If he pleads not guilty by then, Griffiths’ four-day trial will proceed on February 27.  Griffiths was released on bail.

Barristers working on criminal cases say they are on strike because they have seen deep cuts to their income after government changes to the legal aid system.

Many have quit publicly funded legal aid work, leading to “legal aid deserts”. Barristers who remain say they can no longer survive on the fees and that the criminal justice system is almost at a standstill.

The Criminal Bar Association (CBA) said a government offer of a 15% uplift in fees, which was the minimum increase recommended by the criminal legal aid review, was insufficient and would not apply to the backlog of 58,000 cases in crown courts.

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Police appeal following fire at property in Goodwick

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE are investigating a property fire in Goodwick on Thursday, September 8.

The fire is believed to have been started at around 8.15pm at a property on Berry Hill, Goodwick.

Fortunately the occupants were able to contain the fire to the doorway.

The force are treating the fire as suspicious and are asking anyone who witnessed the incident or those who have any information to report it.

It has been confirmed that no persons were injured during the incident.

A Police spokesperson said: “Police are investigating a fire which occurred at a property in Berry Hill, Goodwick at about 8.15pm on Thursday, 8th September 2022.

“Fortunately the occupants of the property were able to contain the fire at the doorway to the property and no one was injured.

“The fire is currently being treated as suspicious and anyone who witnessed the incident or 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.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-20220908-332

“Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org.”

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