DYFED-POWYS POLICE have confirmed to The Herald that Damion Anthony Harris, aged 31, of Llanbadarn in Aberystwyth, has been charged with the murder of Juozas Tunaitis following the fire at the Belgrave House Hotel in Aberystwyth on July 25, 2018.
He has also been charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent to another hotel guest.
He will appear via video link at Aberystwyth Magistrates’ Court tomorrow (Thursday, October 4).
Mr Tunaitis had been in Aberystwyth as a contractor working as a fire safety officer at the university. His family has been informed of the charge, and are being supported by officers. They have expressed their thanks to all emergency services involved in the response to the fire and the investigation.
An inquest will open into Mr Tunaitis’s death tomorrow.
Temporary Detective Chief Inspector Neil Jenkins said: “Our thoughts are with the family of Mr Tunaitis at this time, and we will continue to support them through the criminal justice process.
“We would also like to thank the community in Aberystwyth for their support and patience during what has been an intense investigation so far.”
‘Horrendous suffering’ at local farm where 58 cows were found dead
TWO Llandysul brothers have appeared in court to admit to a string of animal welfare charges.
David Davies, aged 60 and Evan Meirion Davies, aged 49, both of Penffynnon Farm, Bangor Teifi, Llandysul, appeared before magistrates to plead guilty to 13 charges brought by Ceredigion County Council under the Animal Welfare Act and Animal By-Products (Enforcement) (Wales) Regulations.
Among the charges they admitted were on or before April 16, 2018, causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal, namely four bovines, by failing to provide adequate care; a similar charge relating to seven bulls housed in a shed; causing unnecessary suffering to 26 dead bovines; failing to comply with article 21 of the Community Regulations (EC) in collecting, identifying and transporting the animal by-products without delay, namely the carcasses found on the farm.
The case followed an investigation by Ceredigion County Council animal health officers.
When officers visited the farm, they discovered a large number of cattle carcasses in varying states of decay in several locations. The remaining cattle were also found to be kept in poor conditions.
The remaining cattle have since been subject to regular surveillance.
A sentencing hearing was held at Aberystwth Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, February 14.
Magistrates acknowledged the evidence of “horrendous suffering, inadequate care and poor animal husbandry displayed by both defendants to the animals”.
Both brothers were sentenced to 16 weeks imprisonment, suspended for 12 months.
They were also banned from keeping animals of any description for five years, and ordered to pay costs to Ceredigion Council totalling £3,000..
Parents saving on average £350 on childcare per month
Parents in Ceredigion have saved an average of £350 a month on childcare costs after the introduction of the Childcare Offer in September 2018.
Parents and guardians of three and four-year-old children living in Ceredigion can be eligible for the offer if they work the equivalent of 16 hours per week. This includes self-employed parents and seasonal workers.
The Cabinet member responsible for Learning Services, Councillor Catrin Miles said, “It’s great to see that the Childcare Offer is having such an impact across Ceredigion in the first few months. The savings will only increase as more parents register for the scheme. This will have a real positive effect on the lives of many parents. I urge anyone who thinks they are eligible to find out.”
Ceredigion County Council manages the scheme in the county, and will manage the scheme in neighbouring counties as the scheme is rolled out in 2019. The Welsh Government fund the Childcare Offer.
Parents and guardians who want to see if they are eligible can visit the Childcare Offer page on the Council’s website: www.ceredigion.gov.uk/ChildcareOffer.
Police manhunt now extending beyond Dyfed-Powys region
POLICE looking for a man who attacked a police officer on Saturday afternoon have evidence to suggest he has now left the Dyfed-Powys force area.
The investigation team is now working with other forces as the operation to find him continues.
The man has been wanted by Dyfed-Powys Police since Saturday, when he attacked a police officer who stopped the car he was travelling in. The officer stopped the car based on information that he was connected with criminal activity in other areas.
Extensive searches have been carried out in Ceredigion, using the armed response unit, dog unit and NPAS helicopter, and officers now have evidence to suggest he is in another area.
A second man who was arrested following the incident has now been charged.
Wayne Dobson, aged 29, has been charged with assault causing actual bodily harm, criminal damage, aggravated vehicle taking and vehicle damage, and two counts of taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent.
Chief Superintendent Peter Roderick said: “This has, and continues to be, a long and intense investigation, which now involves colleagues from other forces as efforts are focussed on locations outside Dyfed-Powys.
“We understand that there has been a high level of concern in our communities since Saturday afternoon, and we would like to thank the public for their patience as operations have been carried out across Ceredigion.
“Due to the nature of the enquiry, and information we have been working from, the level of detail about the wanted man that we have been able to release has been limited, but we have endeavoured to keep our communities updated as best we can.”
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