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Man with knife and cannabis at Withybush Hospital faces court again

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ROBERT PARKER, previously sentenced to 14 months in July for possession of a knife, a minor quantity of cannabis, and a battery incident against his partner in Haverfordwest, was back in court.

On February 10, prosecutor Georgia Donohue informed the court that Parker had engaged in a heated altercation with his partner on Picton Place, during which he became confrontational and subsequently jabbed her in the stomach. The couple then moved to Castle Square where the dispute intensified, with Parker pushing and shoving the woman outside a Subway outlet. Responding to a concerned bystander’s call, the police soon arrived at the scene and arrested Parker.

Following his release on bail, Parker sought mental health assistance at Withybush Hospital on February 17. Whilst there, a police officer present for an unrelated reason was approached by Parker who, in an attempt to be forthright, revealed a silver butterfly knife concealed in his sock.

Defending Parker, Richard Griffiths argued that Parker, homeless at the time, had the knife for practical use, rather than any malicious intent. During the check, Parker further confessed to possessing 0.3 grams of cannabis and was subsequently detained.

The court was informed that Parker, residing at Charles Avenue, Neyland, has an extensive record of 67 convictions spanning 151 offences.

Appearing via video link on Thursday, August 17, the court addressed an unresolved bail offence. This pertained to Parker’s failure to report to the police or court on June 7. Although initially thought to have been addressed in the Magistrates’ Court, it emerged that it had been overlooked. Having already admitted to this lapse, Judge Paul Thomas decreed a 14-day prison term for Parker, to run concurrently with his current sentence.

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Haverfordwest Woman Sentenced for Drug Offences

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AT Swansea Crown Court this week, Melissa Morris, a 30-year-old from Haverfordwest, has been sentenced to three years and nine months in prison after admitting to a series of drug-related charges. The charges include possession with intent to supply cocaine, possession of criminal property, possession of cannabis, and possession of amphetamine.

The court heard that police were called to Morris’s residence on Goat Street around 6 pm on January 10, following reports of a disturbance. Upon arrival, officers were greeted by Morris, who initially claimed to have been upset over her partner. However, a search of the premises revealed a significant quantity of drugs, including 62.238g of cocaine, valued at approximately £7,900, 11.3g of cannabis, and 1.8g of amphetamine.

Additionally, law enforcement found digital scales with powder residue, small packaging bags, and £850 in cash, which Morris attempted to dismiss as savings and holiday funds. She attributed the presence of the drugs to her ex-partner, suggesting he had left them behind.

Prosecutor Sian Cutter presented the evidence, while Morris’s defence, led by Dan Griffiths, highlighted her struggles with substance abuse and a series of challenging relationships. Griffiths pointed to Morris’s efforts to rehabilitate, noting her completion of a detox programme while in custody.

Judge Huw Rees, in his remarks to Morris, underscored the severity of her offences and the broader societal harm caused by drug distribution. He emphasized the need for Morris to make more constructive life choices moving forward.

Morris’s sentence includes concurrent terms for the possession of criminal property and possession of both cannabis and amphetamine, alongside the primary sentence for her cocaine charge. Judge Rees also decreed that the seized £850 be allocated to Dyfed-Powys Police for initiatives aimed at curbing drug trafficking.

This case sheds light on the ongoing challenges faced by communities in West Wales in combating drug-related issues and the legal system’s efforts to address these concerns.

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Former Pembrokeshire man convicted on multiple sex offence charges

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A MAN formerly from Pembrokeshire has been found guilty of a series of sex offences spanning over two decades.

Kevin Offland, 45, faced trial at Swansea Crown Court, where he was convicted of 18 charges, including the rape of three women and a child, as well as the sexual assault of two teenagers. The verdict was delivered this morning, Wednesday, February 21, after the jury deliberated since Monday.

Offland, who previously resided in Blackbridge, Milford Haven, and now lives in Nichols Road, Great Yarmouth, expressed his disbelief at the allegations, stating he was “gobsmacked” by the charges against him. Despite his denial of all accusations, the evidence led to his conviction for crimes committed in the Pembrokeshire and Telford areas between 1998 and 2021.

The charges include three counts of rape involving different victims, the rape of a child, causing a child to engage in sexual activity, and 13 counts of sexual activity with a child, related to two girls.

The court has adjourned the case until March 8 for the preparation of reports, with Offland being remanded in custody until sentencing. Judge Catherine Richards, presiding over the case, indicated the gravity of the offences, suggesting that they “attract a very lengthy term of imprisonment.”

The Herald will report further following the sentencing next month.

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20-year-old accused of making indecent images of children

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A HAVERFORDWEST man has appeared before a district judge charged with making 74 indecent category A images of a child.

Euwyn Draper, 20, is further charged with making 102 category B images of a child and 385 category C images of a child.

The three offences are alleged to have taken place between April 25, 2022 and December 12, 2022.

Draper, of Goat Street, Haverfordwest faces three additional charges of distributing one category A image, one category B image and one category C image of a child on November 4, 2022.

All six offences are alleged to have been committed in Haverfordwest.

Euwyn Draper appeared before District Judge Mark Layton who was sitting at Haverfordwest magistrates court on Tuesday. He entered no pleas to any of the charges.

Judge Layton declined jurisdiction in the case, given the seriousness of the allegations, and the matter was sent to Swansea Crown Court, where proceedings will commence on March 22.

Draper was released on conditional bail, the condition being not to have any unsupervised contact with anyone under the age of 18, save ‘inadvertent contact’ in the course of his daily life.

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