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Llandysul: Man who nearly killed step-daughter’s new boyfriend jailed

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Swansea Crown Court

Swansea Crown Court

A LLANDYSUL man who didn’t like his step daughter’s new boyfriend stabbed him in his heart with a kitchen knife and almost killed him.

Gareth Wyn Jones would have died but for an emergency operation.

Anthony Trevor Osmond, aged 52, of 16 Parc Meiros, Velindre, was today jailed for two and a half years after he admitted a charge of unlawful wounding.

Helen Randall, prosecuting, told Swansea Crown Court that Osmond had been described as over protective of and obsessed with his step daughter Oasis, aged 20.

She had been a barmaid at the Nags Head pub in Abercych and formed a relationship with Mr Jones, a customer.

Because of Osmond’s attitude she, at first, kept the relationship a secret. When she did tell him Osmond insisted on meeting him.

Miss Randall said Mr Jones began to receive text messages and voice messages on his mobile from Osmond, one telling him “you’re dead.”

Osmond also left messages on Mr Jones’ Facebook page.

Late on July 31 last year Osmond’s wife, Emma, parked their car 200 yards from the Nags Head and Osmond went to the pub looking for Mr Jones.

He could not see him but as he returned to the car Mr Jones approached him and asked to talk.

A struggle followed, during which Osmond picked up the kitchen knife, with a six inch blade, and stabbed Mr Jones.

Miss Randall said neither men realised what had happened but as Mr Jones walked away he began to feel feint and collapsed. The next thing he could remember was being revived by a nurse.

Mr Jones was taken to Swansea’s Morriston Hospital where surgeons repaired a cut to his heart.

Osmond, meanwhile, set off to drive towards the Severn Bridge where he was arrested on the M4 after a “controlled stop by police.”

During police interviews Osmond said he had not considered Mr Jones “appropriate” for his step daughter.

Osmond’s barrister, Janet Gedrych, said it had been agreed between the defence and the prosecution that Osmond should be sentenced on the basis that he had acted recklessly in picking up the knife during the struggle and not that he had deliberately stabbed Mr Jones.

“He is devastated at how close he came to killing that young man,” she added.

Judge Peter Heywood told Osmond he was “hugely fortunate” not to be facing a far more serious charge.

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Aberystwyth: Driver on drugs hits lorry and causes ‘road chaos’

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A DRIVER high on drugs caused 15 miles of chaos as he approached Aberystwyth on the A44.

Brian Pitts hit an oncoming lorry and road signs as he drove on the wrong side of the road.

A car passenger filmed him because she was sure a serious accident was about to happen.

Pitts, aged 57, of Delmont Close, Tipton, west Midlands, admitted dangerous driving and driving while unfit through drugs he had taken.

Dean Pulling, prosecuting, told Swansea Crown Court that on June 16 last year Pitts had been driving his Rover MGZR, towing a trailer full of wooden fencing posts, towards Aberystwyth from his home.

Richard Brooks followed the car through Llangurig and became so concerned he telephoned the police while his wife Victoria filmed Pitts on her mobile.

The Rover collided with a 13 tonne lorry driven by Andrew Paxton but failed to stop.

Pitts failed to take a roundabout and hit road signs and an embankment but still carried on.

During the 15 miles, said Mr Pulling, oncoming traffic had to swerve off the carriageway to avoid a collision.

Several motorists telephoned the police to report what they were witnessing, he added.

Pitts came to a stop in the middle of the road and another motorist snatched the keys out of the ignition–and noticed that Pitts had been driving with a dog on his lap.

Mr Pulling said police officers could tell there was something wrong with Pitts, but an alcohol text showed he was below the limit.

“He was clearly unfit,” said Mr Pulling, although it was still unclear what drugs he had taken.

Pitts was taken to Aberystwyth police station and then to Bronglais hospital, where he appeared to recover after treatment. But he soon deteriorated and had to be taken back to the hospital.

Pitts developed pneumonia and had to be kept in for nine days.

His barrister, Tom Scapens, said when Pitts had been shown the mobile telephone footage he felt physically sick.

Judge T Mervyn Hughes jailed Pitts for 10 months and banned him from driving for four years.

He told him, “If you had not been stopped I am quite sure you would have caused serious injury if not death.”

Pitts was told to pass an extended driving test before getting his licence back.

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Motion to support the reduction of plastic use in Ceredigion approved

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In a Full Council meeting on 22 February 2018, the Council unanimously supported a motion to reduce the use of plastic and to support plastic reduction initiatives in Ceredigion.

The motion was proposed by Councillor Mark Strong and was seconded by Councillor Gethin Davies. The motion calls on Ceredigion County Council to support the various ‘Plastic Free’ campaigns throughout the county by reducing single-use plastics within Council facilities and offices and to promote the use of sustainable alternatives to single-use plastics at all Council supported events.

Councillor Mark Strong said, “I’m delighted that the Council unanimously supported the motion. This is an important step for the Council but we must carry on to reduce plastic use. Everyone has a responsibility to reduce the environmental damage caused by plastic. Carrying out small acts such as buying milk from your local milkman supports the local economy but in turn also supports our environment by using reusable glass bottles.”

The motion also calls on the Council to encourage local businesses, organisations, schools and communities to move away from single-use plastics and use sustainable alternatives as well as to support beach cleans and other events which aim to raise awareness of the issues of single-use plastics under the “Plastic Free”, Caru Ceredigion, Tidy Towns or any similar initiative.

The motion was amended in the meeting to include the establishment of a Members’ Task and Finish group to support measures to reduce the Council’s use of plastic and to support initiatives in the county that reduce plastic use.

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Richards-Keegan cleared of sending underage girl nude pictures

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A BOW STREET man has been cleared of charges that he sent an underage girl photographs of his penis.

Paul Robert Morgan Richards-Keegan, aged 21, had denied two allegations of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

Richards-Keegan, of Tregerddan, said the only messages he sent her via the internet were in response to approaches from her and did not include photographs of his private parts.

Catherine Richards, prosecuting, had told a jury at Swansea Crown Court that the 14-year-old girl had shared messages with Richards-Keegan via Snapchat.

At one stage police issued to him a child abduction notice, which he signed, instructing him not to contact the girl

In 2016 she told her mother that he was again sending her unwanted photographs of his penis attached to messages.

Richards-Keegan was arrested, and told police he had obeyed the order apart from messages he had sent after being contacted by the complainant.

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