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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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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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