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Family pay tribute to ‘beautiful and amazing’ Sophie

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THE FAMILY of a woman who died following an incident in Carmarthenshire have paid tribute, describing her as ‘beautiful in every way’.

Sophie Evans, aged 30, died on Friday, July 5 at Bigyn Road, Llanelli.

Her family has issued the following statement: “Our beautiful and amazing sister and daughter Sophie was tragically taken from us, and our lives will never be the same.

“We are heartbroken by our loss.

“Our Sophie, only 30 years young, will be greatly missed by us all.

“She was a loving mother to her two girls, who she adored with all her heart. An amazing sister, who was the rock of our family. So bright and funny, always making us laugh.

“Sophie was a loving daughter, with a huge heart, who we all adored.

“She lived life to the fullest, and will be remembered for being so kind and caring to her loved ones.

“Sophie loved spending time with her children and family, had a passion for beauty therapy, and enjoyed keeping up with her fitness and the latest fashion trends.

“We would like to thank everyone for their support at this horrific time. It has meant a lot to the whole family.

“We would now like time to grieve, and ask to be given privacy in which to do so.”

Dyfed-Powys Police continues to investigate the circumstances around Sophie’s death, and specialist officers are supporting her family.

A man was arrested on suspicion of murder on Friday, July 5, and remains in police custody.

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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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