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Pontyates brothers jailed for golf club attack on sleeping victims

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Two brothers have been jailed for attacking two men with a golf club while the victims were asleep.

Graham Scott Phoenix Evans, aged 21, and Joshua Evans, aged 22, from Pontyates, left the victims with head and face injuries when they fled the blood-splattered scene.

Dyfed-Powys Police were able to track down the brothers, along with 23-year-old Rowan Stephens, through diligent CCTV and digital enquiries conducted during a two-month search for the suspects.

Officers were called to a house in Carmarthen at around 6.20am on September 23, 2020, following a report that three men had forced their way into a house in Carmarthen and assaulted two brothers while they slept.

OIC DC Jamie Pike said: “Officers immediately attended and spoke with the victims, who were visibly distressed by what they had been through.

“They explained that they had been asleep when the attack was launched, however one of the victims was able to identify who he believed was responsible.

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“Information was swiftly sent to colleagues in the area to keep observations for the suspects, and the house was searched for any potential forensic evidence.”

Joshua Evans was the first suspect to be arrested after he was spotted in Llanelli two days after the incident.

His home was searched, with officers finding a set of golf clubs at the address. DC Pike identified the golf club used during the incident to be a part of this set.

His brother Scott Evans and friend Rowan Stephens, however, remained unaccounted for. Digital enquiries were carried out as it was apparent the pair were active on social media, a public appeal was circulated asking for information about their whereabouts, and all known associates were contacted for information.

DC Pike said: “A large number of enquiries were carried out to locate the pair, with inputs from officers in various departments across the Carmarthenshire division and headquarters.

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“Evans found hiding under a bed at his home address on November 11 after posting on Snapchat that he was there having his hair cut. He continued to post on social media throughout the investigation, all the while knowing he was wanted by police. He was playing a game of cat and mouse, but eventually his game came to an end thanks to officers’ work.

“As he was wanted on recall to prison for a previous offence, he was charged and remanded to custody.”

Stephens was arrested five days later after eventually handing himself in following persistent police address checks. 

The three men were charged with assault causing actual bodily harm, which they admitted at court. The Evans brothers were sentenced to 21 months each in prison, while Stephens was handed a 32 week sentence suspended for 18 months.

(Lead image: Dyfed Powys Police)

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Man who filmed rape on Ammanford victim’s phone changes plea mid trial

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A man who filmed himself raping an Ammanford woman on his victim’s phone has changed his plea to guilty midway through his trial.

Cameron Hassan, aged 31, of no fixed abode, attacked the woman, raping her as she slept on 21 August 2021.

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Hassan had been on trial at Swansea Crown Court after denying any wrongdoing. However, after the jury was shown the video of the attack and hearing the victim was going to give evidence yesterday (Tuesday, 10 May), Hassan changed his plea to guilty.

Investigating Officer DC Sophie Lambert from Dyfed Powys Police said the victim had shown great strength and determination throughout the investigation.

“I must commend her tremendous courage in coming forward and the tenacity shown throughout the investigation,” she said.

“We hope this case demonstrates that Dyfed-Powys Police acts on serious allegations such as rape and sexual assault with officers working tirelessly to secure justice for victims.

“If you are suffering because of similar abuse, please contact the police, or if you would rather speak to someone in confidence, New Pathways are an independent charity that will support you through every step of the investigation.”

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New Pathways can be contacted at 01685 379 310 or email enquiries@newpathways.org.uk

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Women’s Tour of Britain returns to Carmarthenshire

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The countdown is on before the world’s top women riders will race through Carmarthenshire as part of the Women’s Tour of Britain.

Some 108 cyclists will race through the County to the finishing line on top of the Black Mountain between Llangadog and Brynamman as part of the stage five event on Friday, June 10.

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The route will be starting from Pembrey Country Park at 10.45am and riders competing for the title will go through Pinged, Carway, Pontyberem, Horeb, Llansawel, and Llangadog.

A rolling road closure will take place along the 65-mile route which will come into action at 10.45am until 1.50pm.

Roads will be re-opened once the cyclists have passed through. A full road closure will be in place over the Black Mountain from 5am-5pm.

The event will be broadcast on ITV4 and across Europe with a helicopter camera crew following the race.

The Women’s Tour departs on Monday, June 6, and coincides with the final day of a four-day Bank Holiday weekend in the UK to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee. The race will culminate with a prestigious finale six days later on Saturday, June 11.

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Pembrey Country Park previously hosted the Grand Départ of the men’s Tour of Britain as well as the overall finish of the Women’s Tour in 2019.

Carmarthenshire County Council’s Chief Executive, Wendy Walters said: “We are thrilled that we have again been chosen to host this top cycling event. Previous years have brought an immediate economic boost to the tourism sector as well as providing a great deal of positive media coverage.”

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Man banned from driving for 12 months for fishing offence

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A man from Merthyr Tydfil who travelled to the River Loughor, near Llanelli to fish using a barbaric and illegal method, has been banned from driving for 12 months as part of his sentence.

Vu Quang Tien pleaded guilty to an illegal fishing charge and also to a charge of obstruction of a Natural Resources Wales (NRW) Fisheries Enforcement Officer on 26 April at Swansea Magistrates Court.

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Mr Tien and two other anglers were witnessed by NRW Fisheries Enforcement Officers deliberately using the illegal foul hooking method of fishing – also known as snatching – at the river Loughor on 15 August 2021. NRW officers attended the site after several reports of illegal fishing were made to NRW’s 24/7 incident call centre by concerned members of the community.

When approached and questioned by NRW officers, Mr Tien and his accomplices showed significant hostility and reluctance to share identification documents which eventually had to be extracted by use of reasonable force.

All of Mr Tien’s fishing tackle and fish, along with his associates’ fishing tackle was seized by NRW Officers at the time of the incident. The district judge on the day at Swansea Magistrates Court gave permission to NRW to confiscate these items permanently from each of them.

The District Judge disqualified Mr Tien from driving for 12 months due to seriousness of the incident, and the premeditated and deliberate action of travelling such a distance to commit the offence.

He was also ordered to pay a total of £2,334 in fines, NRW costs and a victim surcharge.

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Mark Thomas, Fisheries Enforcement Officer for NRW, said: “We would like to again thank Dyfed Powys Police, the local communities and also the law-abiding anglers in the area for their continued support in reporting these illegal fishing activities.

“Foul hooking is a truly barbaric form of fishing carried out by a small minority of anglers in Wales, who have no regard for fish welfare.

“NRW and the Police take these incidents seriously as do the courts.

“Hopefully, the small minority of anglers who may in future, think of using any illegal fishing methods will take heed of the heavy fines and driving ban in this case issued by the courts.”

(Lead image: Natural Resources Wales)

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