A 20-YEAR-OLD who tried to bite a police officer’s hand following an argument with his father appeared at Llanelli Magistrates’ Court last Thursday (Aug 3).
Seree Paginton, 20, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to one charge of assaulting a police officer in the execution of his duty, in an incident which occurred on July 28.
The court heard that a police officer attended a house in Thomas Street on the date in question with his colleagues following a report from Mr Paginton’s father. They attended the property and found Paginton upstairs, standing by the window and shouting at expletives at the officers.
Police moved the defendant who seemed highly intoxicated. His eyes were glazed and he was unsteady on his feet. He was flailing his arms around and wouldn’t calm down. The officers had to handcuff the defendant as he was becoming more agitated. They tried to take him downstairs but he became rigid and refused, and they had to carry him downstairs.
The defendant tried to bite one of the police officers on his hand, and managed to grab the glove on the officer’s hand and rip it. He was taken outside and placed in a police vehicle. The officer said he felt threatened by Mr Paginton’s behaviour.
Prosecuting, Abul Hussein noted that Paginton had been ‘a frequent visitor’ to the court recently as a result of drunk and disorderly behaviour.
Andrew Isaac, in mitigation, said that Paginton’s father had called the police following an argument in the household.
He explained that the defendant had mental health issues: “This young man has a condition and when the officer put his hand on the defendant’s mouth my client, recklessly, bit instinctively. There was no intention there whatsoever. It was a rip to the officer’s glove, nothing more,” he added, explaining that custody had been ‘scary’ for Paginton.
Paginton was fined £45, and must pay a victim surcharge of £30.
Victoria Road: Meat stolen shed not fit for humans, say police
DYFED-POWYS POLICE is warning that meat stolen during a burglary in Llanelli is not fit for consumption by humans.
Several bags of frozen chicken and other meat were taken from a shed in Queen Victoria Road some time over the past few days, along with a radio controlled car and an electric saw.
If eaten, the meat could result in food poisoning.
Officers are concerned that the offender could be intending to sell the meat on, or might already have sold it.
Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to contact Dyfed-Powys Police on 101.
Llanelli: Woman on trial for fiddling more than £100,000 in benefits
A LLANELLI woman is to stand trial accused of fiddling more than £100,000 in benefits she was not entitled to.
Emma Jane Campbell, aged 49, appeared at Swansea Crown Court today for a plea and trial preparation hearing before Judge Keith Thomas.
Campbell, of Elizabeth Street, denied retaining wrongful credits totalling £42,908 between 2002 and 2010, £63,113 between 2002 and 2016 and £7,722 between 20002 and 2013.
The amounts were said to relate to income support, housing benefit and council tax relief received by Campbell when she had capital in excess of the permitted amount.
Campbell is also charged with fraud by claiming Jobseeker’s allowance and employment support allowance but failing to notify the Department for Work and Pensions of her true financial position.
Campbell entered pleas of not guilty to all the charges.
She was granted bail until the start of her trial on April 17.
Burry Port RFC welcomes asset transfer
BURRY PORT RFC has welcomed its takeover of its home base from Carmarthenshire County Council.
The Rugby Club has signed a 99 year lease for the playing fields and changing rooms at Burry Port Memorial Park as part of the county council’s asset transfer programme.
The club has also been awarded a Maintenance Grant to assist with maintaining the asset and an Improvement Grant to assist with making any improvement works they may wish to undertake.
Around 80 per cent of the county council’s recreation assets have already been transferred, or are nearing completion, to town or community councils, or community groups.
Two years ago the council’s executive board agreed a package to offer community councils or groups the opportunity to take over the running of facilities in their areas.
Councillors believe it gives local people greater control in the future of their area and their community.
Burry Port RFC secretary Jonathan Davies said the club accepted that changes had to be made although it would not have chosen it.
“In hindsight I think it is a positive thing for the club. It has increased the assets of the club and given members a sense of belonging to the park.”
Executive board member for assets Cllr David Jenkins said: “Unfortunately, we can no longer afford to maintain all the recreational assets in our portfolio.
“However, this is not just a cost saving exercise – communities are often best placed to manage facilities in their local environment.
“I’m pleased that Burry Port RFC has taken over and is looking forward to the future.”
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