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Judge says man in ‘complete denial’ about child pornograpy

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A LLANDYSUL man said to be in ‘complete denial’ about his interest in child pornography has been jailed today (Mar 10) for 36 weeks.

Sean Phillip Souter, aged 32, had admitted three offences of making indecent pictures of children between September, 2014 and January, 2016 — 261 in the most serious category A, 129 in category B and 546 in category C.

Souter also admitted possessing two extremely pornographic images in that they depicted people engaging in sexual intercourse with animals.

But after a judge postponed sentencing so that a probation officer could prepare a report into his offending he reverted back to denying any responsibility.

Craig Jones, prosecuting, told Swansea Crown Court how police executed a search warrant at Souter’s home in Llandysul.

The semi-detached property appeared to be unoccupied but police took away several computers and mobile telephones.

Experts were able to detect that Souter had used specialised software to search the internet for child pornography, using search terms such as “pre-teens, baby, toddler, child and paedo.”

After his arrest Souter told police he had not lived there for two months and that others had had access to the property.

But he finally entered pleas of guilty.

His barrister, Paul Hobson, told the court: ”He still denies the offences, even though he has pleaded guilty to them.”

Judge Paul Thomas told Souter he was not willing to acknowledge ‘the blindingly obvious’ and accept that he gained sexual gratification from viewing indecent images of children.

“You make it impossible for others to help you and will always have this problem until you acknowledge it.

“You knew perfectly well what you were looking for and used specialist software to find it.”

Judge Thomas said category A images included photographs of real children being raped and Souter had been found in possession of a relatively high number of them.

Souter was ordered to register with the police as a sex offender for the next 10 years.

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Stereophonics to play Swansea gig

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ONE of Britain’s best live bands Stereophonics has announced a special performance at Singleton Park, Swansea on Saturday, July 13, 2019.

The stadium rockers will perform in their south Wales heartland to celebrate 20 years since the career milestone show in Swansea at Morfa Stadium to 55,000 people and the release of ‘Performance and Cocktails’.

It will be the band’s first time back in south west Wales since their Morfa Stadium show in 1999. This now iconic album, which was the band’s second studio release, gave Stereophonics three straight top five singles in the British charts with ‘The Bartender and the Thief’ reaching No.3, and both ‘Just Looking’ and ‘Pick a Part That’s New’ reaching No.4.

Over the past two decades, Stereophonics have played at some of the biggest venues to fans all across the globe, amassing over 10 million album sales in that time.

More recently in 2018, the band performed to sell-out crowds across the globe, including a huge 15-date arena tour, summer homecoming gigs in Wrexham and Cardiff plus headline shows at Kendal Calling, Y Not Festival and Victorious Festival.

Speaking about the latest announcement, Kelly Jones said: “Performance and Cocktails put us on the world map, and also on the TV and the Radio, which meant a lot of people went back to discover Word Gets Around and made our first album platinum! Morfa Stadium was where we set Performance and Cocktails alight, and it was a one off day that can never be beaten. It was perfect. I’m not a man that likes to go backwards, this event is merely a birthday party, so come along and help us blow out the candles.”

Stereophonics are Kelly Jones (vocals/guitar), Richard Jones (bass), Adam Zindani (guitar) and Jamie Morrison (drums).

Tickets go on sale on Friday (Dec 14) at 10am via www.myticket.co.uk.

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Heroin could be linked to Aberysytwyth supply

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A LIVERPOOL man has admitted possessing heroin that could be linked to drugs supplied in Aberystwyth.

Jack English, aged 20, pleaded guilty to possessing a quantity of heroin with intent to supply when he appeared at Swansea Crown ccourt for a plea and trial preparation hearing before Judge Keith Thomas.

The court heard the drugs could also be linked to English’s father, who had been a heroin user who had ‘gone to Aberystwyth on many occasions’ and who had died since his son’s arrest in October 2017.

Judge Thomas said he would sentence English on January 11.

English, of Storrington Road, was granted bail meanwhile but warned that a jail sentence was the most likely outcome.

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Mark Drakeford named next First Minister

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THE NEXT First Minister of Wales will be Mark Drakeford, it has been announced this afternoon (Dec 6).

Mr Drakeford, a Cardiff West AM, was named as the winner of the Welsh Labour leadership contest at the Principality Stadium.

The contest was triggered when Carwyn Jones, the current First Minister, announced he was stepping down.

Mr Jones will officially step down on Tuesday (Dec 10).

Mr Drakeford will then be officially confirmed as the new First Minister of Wales by the National Assembly next week.

In the first round of voting, the results were:

Mark Drakeford – 46.9%
Vaughan Gething – 30.8%
Eluned Morgan – 22.3%

Eluned Morgan’s votes were then redistributed on voters’ second preferences, with the following results:

Mark Drakeford – 53.9%
Vaughan Gethin – 46.1%

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