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Haverfordwest parent found guilty of school attendance failings

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IN a hearing this week at Haverfordwest Magistrates’ Court, a local parent was found guilty of failing to ensure their child’s regular attendance at school.

The woman, who we can not name, faced charges relating to her 14-year-old’s sporadic attendance at a Pembrokeshire school between June and November of 2023.

According to court documents, this lack of regular attendance violated sections 444(1) and (8) of the Education Act 1996, leading to a guilty verdict on March 21, 2024.

As a consequence of the findings, the woman has been conditionally discharged for 18 months.

She is mandated to comply with a parenting order for 12 months, which includes ensuring her child’s punctual and regular school attendance, communicating with the school regarding any absences, responding to school communications, and attending meetings to discuss the child’s progress.

Additionally, the court imposed financial penalties, ordering her to pay a surcharge to fund victim services amounting to £26, alongside court costs of £100.

A collection order was also made to facilitate the deduction of these costs from benefits, with a stipulated payment plan of £24 per month starting April 18, 2024.

In alignment with the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999, the court issued directions to protect the identity of the youth involved, prohibiting any publication that could identify them, including their name, address, and school until they reach the age of 18.

This case underscores the legal responsibilities parents have towards ensuring their children’s education and the consequences of failing to meet these obligations.

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Man found not guilty of stalking beauty salon owner

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FRANK JANIUREK, 43, of Heol Glyndwr in Fishguard, has been acquitted of stalking the owner of a beauty salon after a trial at Swansea Crown Court. The jury returned a unanimous not guilty verdict following approximately two-and-a-half hours of deliberations.

Janiurek was accused of causing serious alarm or distress to the woman between 25 March and 10 July 2022. The prosecution claimed that after receiving a facial treatment at the salon on 8 March 2022, Janiurek began sending numerous emails and making frequent calls to the salon, often repeating questions that had already been answered. He was also alleged to have walked past the salon daily and liked one of the complainant’s Instagram pictures using an account under a false name. Additionally, it was claimed that he stared at the complainant for an extended period while she was out in Cardigan celebrating her birthday.

Caitlin Brazel, prosecuting, argued that these actions constituted stalking, causing serious alarm or distress. However, Janiurek pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Matthew Murphy, defending Janiurek, contended that the complainant had not directly communicated her discomfort to the defendant until 1 June. Murphy stated, “She doesn’t tell him anything about his behaviour and the effect it’s having on her before June 1.” He argued that if the complainant felt uncomfortable, she should have been more direct in her communication.

Murphy also highlighted that the complainant’s actions, such as signing off emails with ‘All the best’ and stating she had an injured arm and was not taking on new clients, did not clearly indicate that she wanted the contact to end. He noted that Janiurek, who is neurodivergent and has Asperger’s syndrome, was primarily engaging with the business, not the complainant personally. Murphy emphasised that all of Janiurek’s messages were related to beauty treatments, except for one occasion when he inquired about the complainant’s injured arm.

Regarding the Instagram picture, Murphy pointed out that it was posted on the business’s account, not the complainant’s personal account.

Recorder David Elias KC, who presided over the trial, thanked the jury for their careful consideration of the case. Following the not guilty verdict, Janiurek was allowed to leave the dock, having been acquitted of all charges.

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Cannabis factory with over 800 plants found in west Wales drugs bust

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POLICE in Carmarthenshire made a major drugs bust this week when they found over 800 cannabis plants in what was supposed to be a vacant property.

A 26-year old man was arrested and has now been remanded into custody.

The police are appealing for information and have released photographs of the illicit cannabis production facility.

A police spokesperson told The Herald on Friday (May 24): “Dyfed Powys Police executed a warrant at the Mountain Gate, Tycroes, Ammanford on Tuesday May 21.

“The vacant property was found to have a large hydroponic set up inside, with approx. 800 cannabis plants seized by officers.

“One man, Beni Mirashi age 26, was arrested and was charged with being concerned in the production of cannabis.

“He appeared at Llanelli Magistrates Court on 23 May and was remanded to next appear at Swansea Crown Court on June 24.”

Police asked that if anyone has any information that may support officers in their investigation, they are asked to contact us either through a direct message on social media, online at: 
https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing [email protected], or by calling 101

Quoting reference: 24*459007

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Girl to stand trial for stabbing teachers and teenager

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A GIRL accused of stabbing two teachers and a teenager will face trial later this year.

The now 14-year-old, who cannot be named due to her age, has been charged with three counts of attempted murder. The victims, teachers Fiona Elias and Liz Hopkin, along with a teenage student, were injured in the incident at Ysgol Dyffryn Aman on Wednesday, 24 April.

All three victims received treatment for knife wounds and were discharged from hospital shortly afterwards.

In addition to the attempted murder charges, the girl was charged with possession of a bladed article on school premises. She was remanded to youth detention accommodation after appearing at Llanelli Magistrates’ Court on Friday, 26 April.

The defendant spoke only to confirm her name and was not asked to enter any pleas at Swansea Crown Court on 24 May.

Judge Geraint Walters ordered the defendant to appear in court again on 12 August, with a three-week trial scheduled to begin on 30 September.

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