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Pembrokeshire woman admits stealing food and booze from shops

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A 34-YEAR-OLD Milford Haven woman has been sentenced by a district judge after admitting stealing food from four separate stores within the town centre.

Kelly Rees was seen stealing groceries from Tesco valued at £68 on January 20; stealing groceries valued at £7.20 from One Stop Store on January 24;  stealing alcohol valued at £25 from the One Stop Store on February 24; stealing £13.26 worth of energy drinks from Best One Store on February 24 and stealing steak, valued at £60, from Lidl on March 11.

Rees, of Precelly Place, Milford Haven, pleaded guilty to all five offences when she appeared before district judge Mark Layton at Haverfordwest Magistrates Court this week.

She was represented in court by Mr Mike Kelleher.

“Last year my client’s mother died suddenly and shortly afterwards her relationship broke down, resulting in her three children going to live with their father,” he said. 

 “She relapsed into drug misuse as a result, hence the shoplifting offences, as she was spending all her money on drugs.”

Rees was sentenced to a 12-month community order during which she must carry out 20 rehabilitation activity requirement days.  She was fined £80, ordered to pay £172.16 compensation to the shops, a £114 court surcharge and £85 costs.

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Thai woman accused of killing son in appears in court

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A THAI woman accused of killing her seven-year-old son has made a court appearance.

Papaipit Linse, 43, of Upper Market Street, Haverfordwest, is charged with the murder of her son, Louis Linse, on Wednesday, January 10.

In February, it was determined that Linse was not fit to enter a plea, resulting in her transfer to a secure mental health unit. However, defence counsel Dyfed Thomas previously informed the court that it was “highly likely Ms Linse would regain fitness to plead”.

The case was revisited at Swansea Crown Court on July 17, where Linse spoke only to confirm her name.

John Hipkin KC, representing Linse, requested that the defendant not be required to enter her plea at this time. “The issue in the case is entirely psychiatric-based,” he stated.

Mr Hipkin highlighted that an initial psychiatric report suggested the possibility of a special verdict by reason of insanity, as well as diminished responsibility. The court was informed that further psychiatric reports are to be prepared for both the defence and prosecution.

Linse was ordered to return to court on September 23.

Dyfed-Powys Police and paramedics were called to the Upper Market Street address shortly before 10.45am on Wednesday, January 10. The police later confirmed they were investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of the seven-year-old child.

HM Coroner for Pembrokeshire, Paul Bennett, opened the inquest into Louis Linse’s death on January 19. The inquest was adjourned pending the outcome of the police investigation.

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Police investigate early hours hit and run in Haverfordwest

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POLICE in Haverfordwest are investigating a road traffic collision which occurred at about 2.00am in the morning on Wednesday (Jul 17).

A vehicle collided with two pedestrians on Barn Street, the Pembrokeshire Herald understands.

One man was taken to hospital, with the police stating that his injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

The vehicle, described as a white van, possibly a Ford Transit, allegedly left the scene

Enquiries are now ongoing to urgently trace the vehicle, and to find out who was driving it.

The police have asked that anyone who witnessed the collision, or anyone with information that could help officers with their investigation, is asked to report it to Dyfed-Powys Police.

You can report any information you may have online at: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing [email protected], 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-20240717-024

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

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Haverfordwest man denies sexual assaults on boys under nine

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A 41-YEAR-OLD Haverfordwest man has appeared before magistrates charged with sexually assaulting a boy under 13 on at least 44 separate occasions.

Andrew James is accused of assaulting a boy, aged four to six, by sexual touching on at least 36 occasions between March 10, 2021 and August 7, 2023; assaulting a boy aged three to nine, by sexual touching on at least four occasions between July 22, 2017 and August 7, 2023 and a third charge of assaulting a boy aged three to nine, by sexual touching on at least four occasions between July 22, 2017 and August 7, 2023. The offences are alleged to have taken place in Haverfordwest.

Andrew James, of Redhill Park, Haverfordwest, denied all three charges when he appeared before Haverfordwest magistrates on Tuesday.

Following a request by the Crown Prosecution, magistrates declined jurisdiction and the matter will now proceed at Swansea Crown Court on July 30.

James was released on conditional bail, the conditions being that he has no unsupervised contact with children under the age of 18, that he does not enter the property where the offences are alleged to have taken place and that he lives and sleeps at his residential address.

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