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Man jailed for biting off part of ear

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A FORMER soldier now studying at Aberystwyth University and heading for a First has been jailed for biting a man’s ear in a town centre pub.

Geraint Evan Jones, aged 25, had been dressed as Colonel Gaddafi during a Halloween night out and bit off most of a stranger’s ear.

Jones thought that Gwynant Lewis Jones had pushed him while they had been standing at the bar of the Academy pub in Great Dark Gate Street.

He leaned over and bit Mr Jones’ ear ‘to shock him’ and held on when others tried to force them apart.

Jones, of Quern’s Avenue, Aberystwyth, admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm but denied doing so with intent. He was cleared of the more serious charge after a trial at Swansea Crown Court.

Jones was jailed for 16 months by Judge Geraint Walters, who told him he hoped the sentence would not prevent him from graduating in International History and Politics.

He said he still could not understand why a man who had the self control to serve in the most violent areas of Afghanistan as a soldier could lose his temper in a bar.

“This was revenge. You thought Mr Jones had pushed you but you misidentified him and clinically used your teeth as a weapon.

“It was savage and unjustified,” added the judge.

But by the jury’s verdict it was now accepted that the ear had been torn away as others tried to drag Jones off his victim while his teeth still gripped it.

The court had heard during the trial how Mr Jones, from Machynlleth, had been a complete stranger in a very crowded bar.

CCTV footage showed Jones leaving the bar area and putting down his drink only to return within seconds and attack Mr Jones.

A large part of his left ear was ripped off. Bar staff found it but doctors said it was impossible to reattach it.

Mr Jones is still under the treatment of plastic surgeons at Swansea’s Morriston hospital.

During a plea for mitigation Jones’ barrister, James Hartson, said he had hoped for a career in the diplomatic service but that dream was now over.

He had been a member of the Pembrokeshire Air Cadets and of the Pembrokeshire Your Fire Fighters and, after leaving the Army to study, had joined the Army Reserve.

“It is difficult if not impossible for him to explain his actions that night. He was extremely intoxicated and is now deeply ashamed and appalled by his actions.

“Two men have had their lives changed forever,” he added.

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Man sentenced following Tregaron assault

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FOLLOWING a report of an assault in Tregaron on Tuesday, April 3, Dyfed-Powys Police has arrested and charged Saul Rownan Henvey, aged 42, of Chapel Street, Tregaron, with common assault.

He was arrested following the incident, for which the victim required hospital treatment.

Henvey appeared before Llanelli Magistrates’ Courts on Friday, April 6.

He received a three month sentence, suspended for 12 months. He was also given a 12 month supervisory order and ordered to undergo 30 days of rehabilitation requirements.

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Motorbike safety campaign launched across Wales

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A CAMPAIGN aimed at reducing the risk of motorcycle-related deaths and serious injuries on the roads is underway across Wales.

As the weather improves police see more bikers on the roads, taking advantage of the beautiful routes across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys.

Dyfed-Powys Police is urging motorcyclists to ride safely and warns that until October there will be an increased focus as part of the campaign, named Op Darwen.

Superintendent Huw Meredith, Head of Specialist Operations, said: “Motorcyclists have long been identified as particularly vulnerable road users and reducing the number of road deaths and casualties on the roads of Dyfed-Powys is a priority for our Roads Policing Units.

“We have always welcomed motorcyclists from outside our borders to enjoy the magnificent landscape, but they must be aware that Dyfed-Powys Police is doing all it can to ensure our roads are used safely by all, with our Roads Policing Units taking robust action to prevent fatal or serious road traffic collisions on our roads.

“Everyone must take responsibility for their own and others safety on our roads and be aware of their riding and driving manner. Action will be taken against anyone choosing to ride or drive anti-socially, recklessly or illegally on our roads.

“Our officers see far too many tragedies, many preventable. Roads Policing officers will be out in numbers throughout Dyfed-Powys using a combination of education, engagement and enforcement to prevent further tragedies.”

Officers will also be encouraging riders to improve their biking skills by taking part in BikeSafe workshops, which
offer an insight into what can be achieved with further advanced training. The workshops, run by police forces around the UK, use a mix of discussions, on-road observed rides and information videos. They are designed to enhance the skills of all riders who have already passed their tests and are suitable for all abilities, from the most seasoned rider to those returning to biking after a period of absence.

Economy and Transport Secretary Ken Skates praised the campaign: “Our roads continue to be amongst the safest in the world.

“However, the number of motorcyclists being killed or seriously injured is still too high.

“Campaigns like this are a key part of a wider range of measures aimed at making our roads safer and preventing future motorcycling casualties. This holistic approach includes ensuring motorcyclists are prioritised in our road safety funding, supporting Go Safe’s operation of speed cameras and funding local authorities to deliver Bikesafe and other motorcyclist training.”

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‘Race hate’ case will be heard at Crown Court

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A BRYNAMMAN man who allegedly called for all Muslims to be ‘forcibly sterilised and banned from preaching their ‘evil creed’ in a social media post will have his case heard at Crown Court.

It s alleged that 34-year-old Jonathan Jennings posted nine offensive or threatening comments between March and April last year.

These are said to include threatening to ‘Jo Cox’ Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, hailing a man jailed for kicking a pregnant Muslim woman in the stomach as ‘a National Hero’ and suggesting that bombing mosques and ‘putting Muslim on top of bonfires’ were ‘great ideas’.

It is alleged that he said Hitler was born 100 years too soon, and called for Gina Miller to be ‘hunted down and executed’ over her stance on Brexit.

Appearing at Llanelli Magistrates’ Court wearing a blue military greatcoat, purple shirt, and yellow striped tie, Jennings, of Heol y Gelynen, spoke only to give the court his name, age and address.

Jennings’ solicitor said that he would not be entering a plea at this stage.

The District Judge declined jurisdiction, and Jennings was released on bail until May 18 at Swansea Crown Court, on condition that he does not post or repost anything on social media, or create any new accounts.

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