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Pembrokeshire mechanic was driving almost four times over the limit

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A PEMBROKESHIRE mechanic has been ordered off the roads for three years after being caught driving when he was almost four times over the legal drug-drive limit.

Luke Daniel Petit, 31, was stopped by officers as he drove his Ford Fiesta along Dale Road, Haverfordwest shortly after 11am on Sunday, August 20.

A roadside drug swipe proved positive, and subsequent blood tests at a police custody suite confirmed readings of 240 for the cocaine derivative benzoylecgonine, and 9.8 for Delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol. The specified legal limit is 50 and 2 respectively.

Petit, of Jury Lane, Haverfordwest, pleaded guilty to both charges when he appeared before Haverfordwest magistrates this week. He was legally represented by solicitor Mr Tom Lloyd.

“Anyone working in Pembrokeshire without a licence is going to find it difficult to find employment,” he said.

“But when you’re a qualified mechanic, the repercussions are going to be huge.”
Petit was disqualified from driving for a total of 36 months. He was fined £120 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £48 surcharge.

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Pembrokeshire fisherman strangled partner’s mother in front of child

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A PEMBROKESHIRE fisherman, Jake Bowman-Davies, 26, of Lighthouse Drive, Llanstadwell, has been handed a suspended prison sentence after strangling his partner’s mother in a terrifying incident witnessed by a young child, Swansea Crown Court heard on Wednesday (Jul 24).

The court was told that the incident occurred on December 17 last year. The victim had been asleep when she received a frantic phone call from her daughter around 1am. She could hear her daughter shouting and screaming, with Bowman-Davies audibly in the background. Concerned, she went to the nearby property to intervene, only to find the front door ajar and Bowman-Davies in a heated argument with her daughter inside.

Prosecution barrister Georgia Donohue described Bowman-Davies’s behaviour as “erratic and loud.” When the victim asked him to leave, he screamed in her face before grabbing her throat and restricting her ability to breathe. Miss Donohue added that the victim “felt genuine fear that he was not going to let go.”

Bowman-Davies’s partner and a young child were present during the assault. After releasing his grip, Bowman-Davies was ushered out of the house but retaliated by spraying alcohol over the victim and remained outside for another 10 minutes before police arrived and arrested him.

In a statement read in court, the victim expressed fear for her daughter and family following the incident.

Defence barrister David Singh argued that Bowman-Davies, who works at sea and tends to “binge-drink” when off work, is “a young man who clearly needs intervention.”

Judge Huw Rees addressed Bowman-Davies, emphasizing the lasting impact of such violence on children. “No child should see violence between adults of this kind. It’s seared into their subconscious and that could damage them irreparably,” he said. The judge warned Bowman-Davies of severe consequences for any future breaches of court orders.

Bowman-Davies, who pleaded guilty to intentional strangulation, received a 16-month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months. He is required to complete a 25-day rehabilitation activity and 120 hours of unpaid work. Additionally, he was issued a restraining order, prohibiting contact with his victim for three years.

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Stalking victim in plea for indefinite restraining order

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A STALKING victim has made an impassioned plea before a judge sitting at Haverfordwest magistrates court to impose an indefinite restraining order on the man who has already served a custodial sentence for stalking her.

Despite serving 21 weeks in custody following his conviction for stalking in 2023, Christopher Marsh, 48, continued to breach the court-imposed restraining order which prevented him from contacting the victim.

This week he pleaded guilty to a charge of breaching the restraining order by once again contacting the victim on social media on November 27, 2023 and sending her a friend request.

In a victim impact statement that was read out to District Judge Mark Layton sitting at Haverfordwest magistrates, the woman said that since his release from prison, she has grown increasingly fearful for her safety.

“I find myself going out less, and that night, when I was sitting at home, he sent me a friend request which made me panic that I was still in his thoughts.

“I just want him to leave me alone and get on with his life.”

The victim requested an indefinite restraining order which prevents Marsh, of Grove Court, St Florence, from having any form of contact with her for the rest of his life.

After considering the facts, Judge Layton granted her request. Marsh was also prevented from entering Shrinkle Haven, South Beach in Tenby and Penally Beach between certain times of day. He has also been prevented from approaching the victim’s home address in Tenby and from contacting her via any form of communication device. He was sentenced to 26 weeks in custody suspended for 12 months and was ordered to pay a £154 court surcharge and £85 costs.

“You really have to make every effort to ensure that you don’t come before this court again,” said Judge Mark Layton when imposing sentence.

“Otherwise you’ll end up serving 26 weeks in prison.”

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Johnston motorist banned for driving after taking cocaine

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A JOHNSTON motorist has been sentenced for driving his Honda CRV after taking cocaine.

Jamie Cooper, 36, was stopped by officers on January 9 when they became concerned at the excessive speed at which he was driving.

Officers confirmed that they could smell cannabis emanating from inside the vehicle and during a search they also discovered a cannabis grinder. A roadside drugs wipe was positive and Cooper, of the Silverdale Lodge, Johnston, was taken to a police custody suite where blood tests were carried out.

These confirmed he had 31 mcg of cocaine in his blood, the prescribed legal limit being 10. He was also found to have 293 mcg of the cocaine derivative benzoylecgonine, which was over four times the prescribed limit.

Cooper pleaded guilty to both charges. He was disqualified from driving for three years and was fined £120. He must also pay £85 court costs and a £60 court surcharge.

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