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On trial for wedding violence

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swanseaTWO wedding guests from Llandysul are on trial accused of attacking the bridegroom’s sister.

Lindsey Sandra Rose Evans, 28, and her sister Amie Victoria Gutteridge, 32, both of Heol y Bedw, Henllan, Llandysul, have denied assaulting Samantha Robbins causing her grievous bodily harm.

A jury at Swansea Crown Court on Monday (Dec 14) how violence flared at the wedding reception of Miss Robbins’ brother, Ben, held at the Ceridwen centre near Drefach Felindre on September 1, 2012.

Dean Pulling, prosecuting, said the wedding had been a “resounding success” until Evans saw Miss Robbins, then a student nurse, at a dance being held in a tepee style tent.

Evans, he said, claimed that her boyfriend, and now husband, Neil Evans, had had a relationship with Miss Robbins.

“It wasn’t true, but it might explain why, in drink, she became so aggressive towards Miss Robbins,” said Mr Pulling.

Outside the tepee, it was alleged, Gutteridge began pointing her finger at Miss Robbins and Evans swore at her.

Miss Robbins told them they were attending her brother’s wedding and they should have some respect.

Mr Pulling said Evans pushed her to her chest and then hit her in the face. Both women then grabbed her hair and pulled her to the ground.

Miss Robbins fell down a grass bank and Evans followed, still punching her, he added.

Gutteride then kicked Miss Robbins “a number of times” while Evans held her down.

Guests and relatives intervened and the women were separated.

Mr Pulling said Miss Robbins suffered a fractured wrist, cuts, bruising and a damaged tooth, and months later still required surgery to damaged ligaments in her arm.

Mr Pulling said both sides of the dispute made complaints to the police, each blaming the others for the violence, and he told the jury he expected Evans and Gutteridge to claim that had acted in self defence.

“They were not defending themselves,” he added. “Evans was heard to say ‘get off me, I‘m going to kill the bitch.’”

Miss Robbins told the court the attack had been traumatic and she still suffered the effects more than three years later.

Cross examined by defence barristers representing Evans and Gutteridge, she denied having started the violence or that she and her family had “put your heads together to come up with an account of what had happened.”

The trial is expected to end later this week.

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New Quay RNLI crew members pass out as ILB helms

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NEW QUAY RNLI crew members Huw Williams and Dylan Price recently passed out as inshore lifeboat helms.

They were put through their paces by an RNLI Assessor on Monday (Aug 13) with a written exam ashore and a practical assessment afloat on the D class inshore lifeboat.

Roger Couch, Lifeboat Operation Manager of New Quay RNLI said: “As well as responding to emergencies our volunteer crew members spend a lot of time training in order to maintain their knowledge and skills.

“Both crew members have worked very hard over the past 12 months to complete all the training units needed and have now passed the final stage.

“Our lifeboats are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all year round and having seven qualified helms for our inshore lifeboat provides us with additional flexibility.”

Huw Williams added:“Dylan and I would like to thank all the crew here at New Quay lifeboat station for their help over the last 12 months. We could not have done it without their support.”

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Schools succeed in A-Level results

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A-LEVEL examination results published yesterday(16 August) by the WJEC indicate that high standards are being achieved in Ceredigion schools.

Councillor Catrin Miles, Cabinet member with responsibility for Learning Services said: “Our sincere congratulations are extended to Ceredigion sixth form students who, once again have excelled in their A Levels. Thank you to all school staff, Governors and parents who have supported our young people to fulfil their potential.

“Their successes are a testament to our pupils’ efforts and hard work, in addition to the quality of education provided by teachers in Ceredigion. We are proud of the well-deserved achievements of our young people and wish them well in the future.”

Nearly 27% of Ceredigion entries achieved A* – A grades and 77% of entries achieved A*- C grades. A pass rate of 98% was achieved by Ceredigion students.

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Grade A* – A 26.8% 26.3%
Grade A* – B 56.7% n/a
Grade A* – C 77.1% n/a
Grade A* – E 97.8% 97.4%

Compared with last year, 6% more of Ceredigion entries achieved A*-A grades. The number of entries that have achieved A*-A, and A*-E in Ceredigion is higher than the Welsh average.

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Man assaulted nurses while being restrained

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A PRE-SENTENCE report will be prepared on a Ceredigion man who assaulted two nurses and destroyed an extractor fan.

Lewis Hill, aged 24, of Brynhoffnant, appeared before Haverfordwest Magistrates Court on Tuesday (Aug 14) to plead guilty to the three charges.

Prosecuting, Mr Vaughan Pritchard-Jones told the Court: “At 11pm in the evening on January 30, the defendant was on the roof of Bronglais Hospital threatening to jump off. Police and medical personnel attended and were able to talk him down.

“He was taken to the Cwm Seren ward in St Davids Park, Carmarthen, where they arrived at 1:03am the following morning. During the course of being assessed he became aggressive and had to be restrained by staff. He kicked out at the first nurse and was then put on the floor.

“Whilst on the floor he was throwing his head back and forth and the staff nurse, who was concerned for him, tried to hold his head but he continued to throw his head and because of the force he was using he trapped her finger onto the floor.

“The charge did originally read as common assault but the nurse went to get her finger x-rayed which revealed the fracture.

“After that incident he got free and he started damaging an extractor fan which he completely destroyed.
“I am not sure why the case has taken so long to come here but at the time of the offence he was on a suspended prison sentence, the period for which has now elapsed.”

Defending, Mrs Katie Hanson added: “He is extremely sorry for his actions on that night. He was on the roof of Bronglais Hospital trying to commit suicide. There are serious mental health issues but he accepts he was struggling on the floor but he did not intentionally hurt anyone and he apologises for his actions.”

Magistrates ordered that a pre-sentence report be prepared and Hill was released on unconditional bail and must return to court on Wednesday, August 29 for sentencing.

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