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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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Cardigan: Welsh language nursery’s treasurer stole £16,336 from coffers

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A FORMER treasurer of Cylch Meithrin Penparc in Cardigan has been jailed today for a fraud that brought the Welsh language nursery to its knees.
Catrin Davies, a 33 year old single mother of two daughters, cheated the organisation out of £16,336.
After she left the post the nursery struggled to pay debts and at one stage was left with £1.84p in its bank.
Davies, of Bwthyn Lleine, Ferwig, admitted fraud and was jailed for eight months.
Judge Geraint Walters, sitting at Swansea Crown Court, told her the offending was too series for the sentence to be suspended.
Craig Jones, prosecuting, said Davies was appointed treasurer in September, 2015, and left the post in December 2016.
The new treasurer noticed discrepancies in the accounts. Davies tried to cover them up by sticking pieces of paper onto bank statements to blank out figures, photocopying them, and then carefully typing in new and bogus figures.
By then Davies had failed to pay money into the account and withdrawn some herself.
Mr Jones said that at one stage the nursery had to pay a roof repair bill. Davies knew there wasn’t enough money in the account but to keep the fraud going and to avoid detection she actually paid the bill out of her own money.
Mr Jones said after the true financial situation had been established Cylch Meithrin Penparc was at risk of closure. Internet access was cut off because the telephone bill could not be paid and staff found themselves buying essential items out of their own money.
And there was still a fear, he added, that the nursery would struggle to overcome the blow and to recover the confidence of parents.
Janet Gedrych, representing Davies, said she had suffered a devastating fall from grace.
Davies ran the Pink Orchid florists in Priory Street, Cardigan, for nine years and had a good reputation in the town.
But her partner left her and his debts behind and ran up more and she owed £30,000 in personal and business debts. By October, 2015, debt collectors were knocking on her door and she defrauded Cylch Meithrin Penparc to pay them off.
Judge Walters said the nursery provided a hugely valuable service to parents who wanted their children to learn Welsh and Davies had helped herself to money they had paid in.
“Your activity has reduced its ability to operate. It has not closed but it’s hanging by a thread.”
Judge Walters said he accepted that Davies had found herself squeezed financially, but many people struggled under similar circumstances.

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Police appeal for information about Cardigan crash

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CARDIGAN police are appealing for information about an RTC involving two cars, on the A487 Cardigan to Tanygroes, at around 5:45pm on Monday (Nov 13).

A white Mitsubishi Shogun and a blue/silver Fiat Bravo were involved in the collision, on the bypass near Cardigan Tesco. The two drivers were taken to hospital; one has since been released.

Anyone who witnessed the collision, or was driving along the road around the time, is asked to contact Ceredigion Roads Policing Unit by calling 101.

If you are Deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908, quoting Ref: 326 of 13 November.

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Police reaffirms commitment to a safe working environment

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE has pledged to maintain its ongoing work to provide a safe working environment for all its staff.

Following the high profile accusations against members of the entertainment industry and reports that have subsequently followed from all corners of society, the force has taken action to ensure its staff and officers are aware of the existing support and mechanisms available to them.

While much work has already been – and continues to be – undertaken to tackle and eliminate unacceptable behaviour within Dyfed-Powys Police, chief officers are actively developing a culture where all members of staff are confident in speaking out.

An open letter has been issued to all employees, in which Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Claire Parmenter has reaffirmed that ensuring all staff can work in a fair and safe environment remains a key priority.

In it, she says: “The chief officer group wants to reassure you all that in Dyfed-Powys Police we hold our staff at the heart of our service and we will do everything we can to provide a safe working environment where everyone has the equal right to respect and dignity.

“The #MeToo Campaign was re-launched in the wake of the early allegations and has since been used by millions of women and men as an instantly recognisable method of removing the stigma that surrounds sexual harassment, by both victims and supporters of the campaign.

“While much work has already been undertaken to tackle and eliminate harassment, bullying and discrimination, work in this area is never done. Therefore, ensuring a fair, safe and equitable working environment for our staff in Dyfed-Powys Police remains an absolute priority.

“I have pledged my support to ongoing work aimed at reminding all officers and staff of the existing support and mechanisms available by which Dyfed-Powys Police encourages the reporting of wrong-doing. We will be reviewing policy, procedure and practice to ensure they remain current and that they are both supportive of victims and alleged perpetrators.

“We will also engage with staff associations and networks, the Police Federation and Unison to better understand staff concerns, embed high standards of conduct and reduce fear experienced by victims.”

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