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Ear biter jailed for nine years

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crowncourt-1024x682A man who bit off sixty per cent of another man’s ear in an “act of grotesque savagery” in the centre of Aberystwyth has been jailed for nine years.

But his friend who started the trouble received a sentence of only 12 months.

John Howell, aged 27, had been convicted by a jury at Swansea Crown Court of wounding with intent.

Howell, of Bwlch yr Allt, Cwmduad, near Llandyssul, was also found guilty of affray, as was Roland Ardizzoni, 26, of Church Street, Llandyssul.

Ardizzoni was described by the  judge as “the trigger for a significant degree of widespread disorder” at 2.30am on May 17 last year.

Near the Clockhouse the pair walked passed a group of men that included Luke Williams, who was out socialising with friends after they had spent the day playing golf together.

There was a “very brief exchange of words” but nothing else happened at that stage.

But Ardizzoni turned and threw a coin at Mr Williams group and the two groups confronted each other.

Howell was by far the most aggressive but it was Ardizzoni who threw the first punch.

Howell then launched a “no holds barred” attack on Mr Williams, and bit him at least twice before tearing off most of his left ear.

The violence was filmed by a CCTV camera and Ardizzoni, once a soldier in the Welsh Guards, could be seen “trying to punch just about everyone he could see.”

Mr Williams was taken to hospital and although a friend found the piece of ear in the street surgeons could not reattach it.

After they had been arrested both Howell and Ardizzoni claimed they had been attacked and had defended themselves.

Last week, Mr Recorder P.A.Hopkins, described that as “a recent invention.” He said Howell, who at the time was serving a community order for an offence of battery, had used his mouth as a weapon.

“You caused an horrendous injury. Mr Williams will be disfigured for the rest of his life.

“It was grotesque savagery,” he added.

Mr Recorder Hopkins told Ardizzoni he had been responsible for widespread disorder on the streets of Aberystwyth.

Ardizzoni’s barrister, Carina Hughes, said that when police showed him the CCTV footage he was so disgusted with himself he asked them to turn it off.

Howell’s barrister, James Hartson, said he had to accept that his client already had four convictions for violence but said he had struggled with mental health issues for many years.

 

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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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