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Llanelli drink driver who crashed car into mobility scooter pleads guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving

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A drink-driver who was involved in a crash with a mobility scooter has pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving, drink driving and failing to stop at the scene of a collision.

At around 11.20pm on Sunday, Leighton Panayiotou, aged 35, of Maes yr Haf, Llanelli, crashed his Mazda 6 into a mobility scooter in Caswell Street.

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A woman on the scooter was thrown from the vehicle and suffered serious injuries. She remains in hospital in a stable condition.

However, Panayiotou then left the scene, before he was found by police at Furnace Ponds at around 2am on Monday, 6 December.

When breathalysed, he provided a sample of 65 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, well above the legal limit of 35.

At Llanelli Magistrates Court yesterday Panayiotou pleaded guilty to drink-driving, causing serious injury by dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene of a collision.

He will next appear at Llanelli Magistrates Court on Friday, 10 December.

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“This was a serious collision, which resulted in the victim suffering nasty injuries,” said Roads Policing Unit Inspector Andy Williams.

“This just shows the dangers of driving under the influence, and it could have been so much worse.

“Do not do it, this could have ended with a family grieving the loss of a loved one.

“It has ended in a conviction for drink driving, as well as other serious driving offences, so he will now lose his licence and he could spend Christmas behind bars because of his own recklessness and disregard for the law.”

It comes after 24 people were arrested on suspicion of drink or drug-driving in the first week since the Christmas Anti-Drink and Drug Campaign launch on December 1.

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Of the 24 arrested in the past week, 14 have already been charged, with others bailed or released under investigation.

Inspector Williams added: “It is frustrating that on the week we launched our Christmas anti-drink and drug driving campaign, we have arrested so many people.

“Drink or drug driving at any time of the year is not acceptable.

“If you believe someone is drink-driving, please report them to us so we can get them off the road before someone is seriously hurt or killed.”

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Pembroke Dock knife-point robber jailed for five years

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A man who robbed a woman at knifepoint has started a five-year prison sentence just one month later.

Kieran Steven Brumby admitted holding a knife to the woman’s throat and demanding the £160 she was withdrawing from a cashpoint at Asda in Pembroke Dock at around 7.45pm on April 15.

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Within an hour Dyfed-Powys Police were able to track down Brumby at his home in Water Street, Pembroke Dock.

Despite the incident being captured on CCTV, Brumby denied it was him during the police investigation.

However, at Swansea Crown Court on Monday, May 16, he pleaded guilty robbery, possession of a knife and possession of 0.9 grammes of cocaine.

DI Owen Thomas said: “This is a positive outcome, with Brumby arrested soon after the offence.

“He has been on remand since and is now beginning a five-year prison sentence just a month later, which I hope offers some solace and reassurance to the victim.”

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The court heard how the woman had stopped to get cash on her way to meet friends in Haverfordwest when Brumby held the knife to her throat and said ‘give me the money’.

In a victim impact statement read out to the court the woman, who could feel the knife touching her throat, said that she was suffering from sleepless nights, palpitations and nightmares.

“I feel depressed and anxious and constantly feel like somebody is behind me,” she said.

“I am checking over my shoulder every five minutes. If I leave the house feelings of panic rise.”

Judge His Honour Geraint Walters handed down a five-year sentence for the robbery, with a 12-month sentence for possession of the knife and a one-month sentence for cocaine possession to run concurrently.

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Driver jailed for head-on crash that caused life-changing injuries

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A driver who caused a head-on collision with a car being driven by a pregnant woman told police officers at the scene he had drunk 13 cans of strong lager the night before.

Rhodri Rees, aged 36, of Llandysul, admitted his drinking had gone into the early hours before he got behind the wheel and caused the crash on the A476 in Llannon, near Llanelli, by overtaking another car on a bend at around 7.40am on December 11, 2020.

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The severe impact meant both drivers were trapped in their cars and had to be cut free by firefighters.

Thankfully the baby was unharmed in the collision, however, its mother suffered serious, life-changing injuries. She had a number of operations to repair the damage and was unable to walk for a year and still suffers the effects of the accident today.

Dyfed-Powys Police Sgt Nicholas Brookes said: “When Rees was spoken to by our officers at the scene he told them he had drunk 13 cans of Stella Artois and that he had gone to bed after midnight.

“He failed a breath test at the scene and was arrested on suspicion of drink driving before being allowed to go to hospital for treatment.”

The following day he was interviewed at Carmarthen Police Station where he told officers he had consumed eight or nine cans of Foster’s before going to bed around 2am, before getting up at around 6.45am and setting off.

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A sample of blood was taken just before 1pm on December 11 showed Rees had 39mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood – the legal limit being 80. A blood alcohol expert had calculated that at the time of the collision the level of alcohol would have been no less than 113mg and more likely 129mg.

PS Brookes added: “This was a serious case that could have been so much worse.

“Rees admitted drinking a considerable amount of alcohol and getting little sleep before getting behind the wheel. He was lucky no-one was killed.

“I would like to commend the officer in the case, PC Benjamin Stevenson, who conducted a thorough and meticulous investigation for the offence of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.”

On Tuesday, 17th May, Rees appeared before Swansea Crown Court, having pleaded guilty at a previous hearing, and was sentenced to 18-months in prison.

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He was also disqualified from driving for three years and 9 months, with a requirement for an extended test to regain his license.

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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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