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Pole attacked his girlfriend



swansea-crown-courtA WORKER from Poland who tried to strangle his partner, cut her with a knife and then tried to persuade her to lie has been jailed this week (Jun 29) 

Pawel Wolczuk, of 69 High Street, Lampeter, admitted assaulting Monika Agnieska Zalewska causing her actual bodily harm and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Stephen Rees, prosecuting, told Swansea Crown Court the couple had been in a relationship for six years but on February 16 a row broke out at Miss Zalewska’s flat in Lampeter.

Wolczuk, aged 40, pinned her to a bed and applied pressure to her throat while holding a kitchen knife, which caused a cut to her back during the struggle.

Miss Zalewska managed to escape but Wolczuk caught up with her and again put his hands around her neck.

Mr Rees said she later told police it had been a miracle that she had managed to get away.

Wolczuk was arrested by police and remanded into custody. But while he was in jail he telephoned Miss Zalewska and asked her to lie about the incident and not to mention the knife.

Dyfed Thomas, representing Wolczuk, said he was a hard working man who had travelled to Wales to find work.

The court heard that in his native Poland Wolczuk had previous convictions for being involved in drugs and possessing a firearm.

Mr Thomas said firearms were more common in Poland than in Wales.

He said Wolczuk had not tried to strangle his former girlfriend but had “assaulted her in the neck area.”

The judge, Mr Recorder Greg Bull, said both had been drunk at the time and Wolczuk had lost his temper.

He said he accepted that the cut to her back had been the result of Wolczuk recklessly holding a knife while involved in an assault rather than a deliberate stabbing.

Woczuk was jailed for 12 months for the assault and an additional four months for the attempt to pervert justice.

Mr Recorder Bull also issued a restraining order banning Wolczuk from contacting Miss Zalewska during the next five years.

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Stoned Dihewyd driver reached ‘frightening’ speeds of 120mph



A DRIVER who raced along country roads at speeds of up to 120mph has today received a suspended prison sentence and a driving ban.

Nico Royan, aged 37, admitted dangerous driving, driving with an excessive amount of cannabis in his blood, driving with a tyre without the required degree of tread and possessing a small quantity of cannabis.

Swansea Crown Court heard how shortly before midnight on April 19 Royan overtook an unmarked police car on the A487 near Llanrhystud at 100mph.

The officer began to pursue Royan, who reached 120mph on a narrow, twisting road with high hedges concealing entrances to properties.

After a mile the officer activated blue lights and Royan pulled over.

The court heard the officer could smell cannabis and Royan admitted he had been smoking the drug. Just over 5 grams of the drug were found in a bag in the front passenger footwell.

And an inspection showed the the rear offside tyre was below the legal limit for tread.

During police interviews after his arrest Royan, a sound engineer, accepted that his driving had been dangerous.

His barrister, Ian Ibrahim, said Royan now understood he had been stupid. But he knew the road well and at that time of night there was no other traffic about.

His only motive, said Mr Ibrahim, was that he was in a hurry to get home.

Royan, of The Caravan, Felinfeinog, Dihewyd, was jailed for 12 months, suspended for 18 months, and banned for three years.

He must also complete 200 hours of unpaid work for the community and £480 in costs and a surcharge.

Judge Keith Thomas said the speeds reached by Royan would have been dangerous even on a motorway and, on country roads, were positively frightening.

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£12,000 found in drugs bust to be retained by police



POLICE have successfully obtained an order allowing them to retain £12,000 in cash seized in a drugs bust in Aberystwyth for six months whilst they investigate.

On October 19 at Llanelli Magistrates’ Court, the CPS, on behalf of Dyfed-Powys Police, said that they had reason to believe that the money they found in a raid at a residential address on St Davids Road, Aberystwyth, is recoverable property – as it was found with a substantial amount of prohibited drugs.

The money had been seized from Sadik Miah – he was not in court for the hearing.

The order was made under section 295(2) of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

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Police release new CCTV image of murder suspect



DYFED-POWYS POLICE has released a new CCTV image of Steve Baxter, who detectives are keen to speak to in connection with the murder of Simon Clark from Pendine, Carmarthenshire.

The image was captured in Glynneath on Saturday, September 29. He is believed to have traveled to the west Wales area shortly afterwards and is believed to be in the Haverfordwest area.

Baxter, also known as Steve Tidy, Steve Rowley, Wayne Tidy or William Tidy, is aged 52, 5’5” (1.65cm) tall and has tattoos on his forearms – the name Chez and entwined circles on his left arm and a serpent on his right arm.

He is bald, but was last seen wearing a hat and wig, as shown in this image. He may have made other attempts to alter his appearance such as growing facial hair or wearing glasses.

Detective Superintendent Huw Davies said: “We’re releasing this CCTV image from the latest confirmed sighting of Steve Baxter to give people the most up to date example of how he may be dressed and how he may currently look.

“Time is passing and we really need to speak to Steve Baxter to build a more accurate picture of what happened in Pendine.

“To anyone that may know where he is, please pass this vital information to police.”

The independent charity Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to £5,000 for information leading to Steve Baxter being found. Information would be taken by the charity anonymously.

If you see Steve Baxter call Dyfed-Powys Police on 999.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Steve Baxter call Dyfed-Powys Police on 101 immediately.

To pass on information anonymously, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or through the non-traceable anonymous online form at

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