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Man jailed for sexually assaulting teen girl

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A NEW QUAY man who crept into a holiday home and sexually assaulted a girl who was staying there has been jailed.

Samuel Knight, aged 35, had denied trespass with the intention of committing a sexual offence and sexual activity with a child.

But a jury at Swansea Crown Court returned verdicts of guilty and Knight was immediately jailed for three and a half years.

The court had heard how the teenager was asleep in a property at the time.

Knight had been given a key to the house for work.

In the early hours one morning the girl awoke to find a man in her bed and raised the alarm.

Knight was chased from the house and returned to his home.

He was quickly arrested but denied being the offender.

Nicola Powell, prosecuting, said Knight’s DNA had been recovered from the cheek of the girl where he had kissed her.

Knight told the jury that a few days before he had used the key to ‘have a look round’ the house and had gone into the bedroom in question, where he had kissed his girlfriend while lying on the bed that would be later occupied by the girl.

That, he said, explained how his DNA got onto her cheek.

But the jury rejected his version after being told that advances in DNA testing could show the sample was ‘recent and substantial’.

After the verdicts Judge Keith Thomas said only drink could explain what possessed Knight to do what he had.

“You snuck up to that bedroom where you believed you would a girl and you got into bed with her. You started to put your hands inside her clothing and left your DNA on her.”

Judge Thomas said he took the view that while the girl had been on holiday the house had effectively been her home at the time of the offending.

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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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