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Continued from front strip While in the car with the male, the

defendant interfered with the vehicle and pulled the handbrake while making threats. Mr Davies continued to say that

at 8.30pm at her home, Knight pulled a bread knife from the kitchen drawer and held it towards her female friend, the other complainant, while she made phone call outside the house. As Knight made her way through

her hallway, she pointed another knife at the male when he entered the house and as the female complainant left the house, she made a phone call to the police. When the officers arrived at the

property, the defendant continued her threatening behaviour and they found broken glass and utensils on the floor. In a statement, the male

complainant said he was concerned for the defendant’s mental health despite her appearing calm earlier that day. Defending, Stephen Welch

explained that with no previous convictions, Knight


responsibility and the offence would be placed as a Category 3 offence. Magistrates

imposed an adjournment until September 7 at

Aberystwyth Magistrates’ Court for an all options report to be prepared. Knight was released on bail and

told not to enter Felinfach and not to contact the complaintants directly or indirectly.

Drug driving: call for better education “THE PUBLIC should be

better educated regarding drug sentencing,” Magistrates heard from a Defence Solicitor at Aberystwyth Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (Aug 17). Kyle Nicholas Hicks, 24, of

Llanbadarn Fawr in Aberystwyth, pleaded guilty to driving a vehicle with a proportion of a controlled drug in his system which exceeded the specified limit. Magistrates adjourned the case on July 27 in order for Hicks to enter a plea, with Hicks released on unconditional bail. Prosecuting, Stephen Davies told

the court that on May 29, officers stopped the defendant on Tresaith Road in Aberporth where he was in his Citroen Saxo vehicle. The officers smelled cannabis on the defendant while talking to him and

requested Hicks provide a sample of saliva through a roadside kit. The test results came back positive and Hicks was then taken to the police station. Mr Davies added that in the station,

Hicks was asked to provide a blood sample, with the reading showing that Hicks had 3.1ug/l of cannabis in his blood, exceeding the limit of 2.0ug/l. Hicks was then arrested following this result. He appeared before court on July

27 as a result of not being able to afford the amount he needed to pay for the sample, stating that he was approached, being asked if he wanted a sample then being told that it cost more than he had anticipated. Defending, Alison Mathias told

the court that Hicks came before Aberystwyth Magistrates’ Court three weeks ago but Magistrates

had to adjourn due to Hicks wanting to explore all options. Ms Mathias explained that at the station, two samples were requested and in good faith, the officer mentioned that the sample was going to cost around £300, with Hicks deciding not to go ahead. Hicks then went away from the station and wondered whether he made the right decision. Ms Mathias further added that

Hicks uses cannabis for relaxation and had smoked cannabis for 24 hours before the incident, apologising to the court on his behalf. Magistrates gave credit to Hicks

for his early guilty plea and imposed a 12 month driving disqualification. Hicks was also imposed a Band C fine of £280, and was also ordered to pay court costs of £80 and a victim surcharge of £85.

MAGISTRATES imposed an adjournment after a defendant failed to attend Aberystwyth Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (Aug 17) for a progress review. Richard David Owen, 47, of

Lampeter, had previously received a community order from Aberystwyth Magistrates’ Court on May 25 for an offence of receiving stolen goods, theft and failing to surrender to custody. The case was adjourned from July


pleaded not guilty to a common assault charge. Shaun Jones, 36, of Penparcau,

appeared before Aberystwyth Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (Aug 17) after being accused of beating the complainant on January 24 at the Vale of


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Sentence adjourned for knife threats No-show leads to adjournment

20 in order to review Owen’s progress regarding his drug rehabilitation requirement. Defence Solicitor Alun Davies

addressed the court to say that Owen has not missed any of his drug appointments with probation. Magistrates imposed a further

adjournment until August 24 at Aberystwyth Magistrates’ Court in order for the progress review to be heard.

Adjournment for assault case

Rheidol public house in Aberystwyth. Magistrates

imposed an

adjournment for September 29 at Aberystwyth Magistrates Court, with evidence to be served. Currently on a summons, Jones

was released on unconditional bail until then.

Booze theſt aſter attending court A DEFENDANT shoplifted shortly

after leaving court on a previous occasion, Aberystwyth Magistrates’ Court heard on Wednesday (Aug 17). Sarah Prydderch-Jones, 31, of

Eglwyswrw in Cardigan, pleaded guilty to the second offence, which took place on June 29 at Co-operative stores in Aberystwyth, while

the first offence,

which took place at Boots in Aberystwyth on the same day, was withdrawn. Prosecutor Stephen Davies told the

court that on June 29, police received a call from the Manager of Co-operative in Aberystwyth reporting a theft of alcohol, with the tags removed from the bottles. When the police arrived at the scene,

the CCTV footage showed a female putting alcohol from the shelves into her bag, namely bourbon and vodka, totalling £42.99. The identification of the female was confirmed to be the defendant, who was later arrested and made no comment during interview. Probation Officer Julian Davies

addressed the court and said that the defendant thought she needed money after

attending Aberystwyth Magistrates’ Court on the day in question for breaching her community order. The defendant bought alcohol to be sold on and got half of the value, but was caught. Mr Davies added that Prydderch-

Jones is yet to complete 20 hours of unpaid work as part of her original community order and is suffering from depression and anxiety. Mr Davies concluded by telling the

court that the defendant is a high risk of reoffending and a low risk of harm, and possesses 25 convictions from 52 previous offences, for which 22 are theft offences. Defending, Alun Lewis explained to

the court that the defendant’s life is in her own hands and that she realises that. Magistrates imposed a 12 month

community order on Prydderch-Jones , consisting of a 20 day rehabilitation activity requirement and a thinking skills programme. Magistrates also instructed the defendant not to enter the Co-Op stores or Boots stores in both Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire and to pay a total of £170 in court costs and compensation.

Drug user less than ecstatic at fine A PART-TIME builder’s labourer

and part-time DJ faced three Class A drug offences and one Class B drug offence. He told Aberystwyth Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (Aug 17) that his drug use is ‘not problematic’. Joshua Mathew King, 26, of Bedford,

pleaded guilty to all four offences, which occurred on May 30 at Llanddewi Brefi. King was stopped in his red


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Volkswagen Polo vehicle at 4.30pm by an officer on duty. Prosecuting, Stephen Davies told the court that while talking to the defendant in the rear passenger seat, the officer smelled alcohol and, with the assistance of other officers and police dogs, a search was conducted on the vehicle. During the search, officers recovered a

bag with a wrap of powder from the front side headlight containing crystals. With King telling the officers that the drugs were for his own personal use, he was arrested. The wrap contained 38 tablets of

MDMA valued at £370, 1393mg of MDMA valued at £30, 176mg of Ketamine

valued at £6 and traces of Acetylpsilocin. Mr Davies stated that in an interview,

King made no comment and in a pre- prepared statement, he admitted that the drugs belonged to him and they were for his own personal use. Defending, Alun Lewis explained to

the court that King and his friends attended a music festival in Llandewi Brefi and there were five people in the car when the police conducted the search, with King immediately taking responsibility at the scene. Probation Officer Julian Davies told

the court that King takes 2g of Cannabis per week and uses it during the evenings to relax and to help him sleep, having previously received guidance from drug services. Magistrates imposed a financial

penalty on King, ordering him to pay a Band C fine of £300, along with court costs of £115. Magistrates issued a full destruction order for the drugs and imposed no separate penalty on King for the Class B drug offences.

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