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5 News Stroppy customer sprayed bouncers THE USE of pepper spray while

exhibiting aggresive behaviour on a night out resulted in a community order for a defendant. Milos Ilic, 33, of Llanbadarn Fawr

in Aberystwyth, pleaded guilty to possessing a weapon, namely a pepper spray, and to two further charges of assault by beating. The defendant appeared on

Wednesday (Aug 31) before Aberystwyth Magistrates’ Court to face the charges, which occurred on May 22 in Aberystwyth. Prosecutor Kevin Challinor told

the court that at 3.25am at The Angel Inn pub at Aberystwyth, the defendant was drinking in the company of another male. After a while, members of staff approached the male and told them that he was subject to a ban from the pub and was asked to leave. The male started to leave the

premises of his own accord and the defendant followed him. Ilic began to get agitated and argued with the door staff about why his friend was asked to leave. The defendant was told not to intervene and began to get physical and when his behaviour got worse, a member of staff made the decision to remove him through the rear fire exit door.

Once escorted out of the premises,

the defendant and his friend were advised to leave the area and when they both attempted to enter again, Ilic began to spray his pepper spray at the door staff on their faces. One of them felt a burning sensation and the other

felt a severe pain in his right eye. They recognised the effects after having a previous experience of being pepper sprayed. After this, Ilic was restrained and

placed in handcuffs until the police arrived. Mr Challinor added that police

confiscated the pepper spray and saw that both door staff had red and streaming eyes. When taken to the police station,

Ilic’s behaviour continued to be threatening and he was removed from custody and placed in a cell. The spray was examined at the police station and was confirmed to be a pepper spray, originally sourced from Germany. When interviewed, Ilic confirmed

that the staff asked his friend to leave from the pub and even though he did not remember whether he was also told to leave, he recalled being escorted. Mr Challinor told the court that

Ilic told officers he did not know why he had the spray in his possession and had no intention of using it. He received it from his sister, and brought it into the country, even though he declared it to customs at an airport. Ilic’s solicitor addressed the court,

emphasising that there were ‘some unusual elements to this case, which makes an interesting examination’. Iestyn Davies told the court that

the defendant is of Slovenian origin and, as a result of living through the effects that his country has had to face, such conflict would naturally change

a person’s behaviour. He also added that the cultural differences and the language barrier led to the build-up of the incident. Mr Davies went on to say that on

the night in question, Ilic was out with his partner and their friends to say goodbye to a friend who had finished university, and then went on to The Angel Inn pub. Mr Davies added that there were

no issues prior to the incident, but when the friend was escorted out, the defendant did not know why and was confused. It is unusual for a defendant to use

a pepper spray, as it is normally used by police to calm a defendant down. Mr Davies concluded by saying

that Ilic regrets using the spray and did not source it for nefarious purposes. As part of a character report,

Probation Officer Stewart Arrow- Smith told the court that at the time, the defendant felt like he was doing nothing wrong. As a contractor in the construction industry, Ilic is a hardworking individual and now knows he committed an offence. Magistrates decided to impose a 12

month community order on Ilic, with the requirements of 15 rehabilitation activity days and 40 hours of unpaid work. Ilic was also ordered to pay

compensation of £100 to each complainant and to pay a total of £170 in court costs. Magistrates also issued a destruction order for the pepper spray.

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TWO men were pulled from the

waters off the Aberystwyth coast on Wednesday morning (Aug 31). Unfortunately, one of the casualties has now died, it has been confirmed by police. The lifeboat crew launched the

Atlantic class lifeboat at 9.30am, following reports of an empty boat circling in the bay with two persons in the water. The volunteer crew arrived on scene – approximately 500 meters offshore – and quickly pulled the men into the safety of the lifeboat.

The volunteers immediately

started first aid treatment on one of the casualties as they made their way back to shore. First aid treatment was continued on dry land by more crew until the Welsh Ambulance service teams arrived. The coastguard rescue helicopter

arrived on scene but it was decided to take both casualties to Bronglais Hospital via road ambulance to receive further treatment. The RNLI volunteers then launched

the Arancia inshore rescue boat and, with assistance from the Coastguard

helicopter, both lifeboats were able to gain control of the boat and bring it safely back to the marina. A Dyfed-Powys Police

spokeswoman said: “UK Coastguard, the RNLI and the Welsh Ambulance Service responded to an incident involving two men requiring assistance in the sea near Aberystwyth Harbour. “Sadly, one of the casualties has

passed away. Specialist officers are supporting the family. The second casualty is in a stable condition at hospital.”

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