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Man jailed for manslaughter following Christmas Eve attack

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Denzil Vaughan Edwards: Died following the attack

THE FAMILY of the ‘perfect husband, son, grandfather and brother’ who died following an unprovoked assault in Llanelli on Christmas Eve have thanked Dyfed-Powys Police for their support as a man is jailed for manslaughter.

Denzil Vaughan Edwards, aged 52, died on January 17. He had suffered fatal head injuries after being subjected to an unprovoked assault at Vista Lounge, Llanelli, on December 24, 2017.

Today (Jun 4), David Wayne Jenkins, aged 37, was jailed for five years and three months by Judge Keith Thomas.

He had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing.

David Wayne Jenkins: Pleaded guilty

Detective Inspector Gareth Roberts, of Llanelli CID, said: “No sentence would have compensated for the tragic, avoidable loss of Vaughan that has greatly impacted his family. He was well loved and well known within the local community.

“The family will take some comfort from the criminal justice closure, but their loss will be long standing.

“The events leading to Vaughan’s death were tragic and avoidable. The consequences of losing control and using violence when intoxicated are far reaching and serious – clearly evident by the circumstances of this investigation.

“I commend the family on their dignity and understanding throughout the investigative process.”

The tragic, avoidable loss of Mr Edwards has had a profound effect on his family, who were grateful for the specialist support provided by Dyfed Powys Police throughout the investigation.

In a statement, they said no sentence would have been enough to replace what they had lost.

“Vaughan, who was a quiet and private person, made such an impact on all our lives in business and personally,” his family said in a statement. “He was a fantastic family person – he made the family what it is today.

“He will never be replaced and we will have to live with this for the rest of our lives. Whoever knew him would know he was a good man – well-mannered, approachable, polite, kind, loving – and was the perfect husband, son, father, grandfather and brother. His departure didn’t need to, and shouldn’t have happened.

“Our family has been destroyed as a result of his death in the worst possible way, which we feel is unjust and we didn’t deserve. We can never bring Vaughan back and will never see that lovely smiley face again, which is something we as a family will have to deal with and miss for the rest of our lives.

“On behalf of the family we would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude and appreciation to Dyfed-Powys Police and in particular the specialist officers that have supported us as a family. Without their support I do not think we would have coped with the whole ordeal we have had to go through.”

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Cold temperatures likely to lead to icy conditions

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A YELLOW weather warning is in place over Wales from 10pm tonight (Jan 16) and 11am tomorrow morning (Jan 17).

As temperatures drop, there is a strong chance of ice patches causing dangerous conditions for motorists.

Icy patches developing with wintry showers also affecting some areas.

What to expect

  • Some injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces
  • Probably some ice on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths
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Police target burglary suspects in dawn raids

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SIXTEEN addresses have been raided by police in an operation responding to a spate of high-value burglaries in the south Wales area.

Officers targeted locations in Fforest-Fach, Clase, Morrison, Brynhyfryd and Bonymaen following a year of thefts in the city and Neath Port Talbot.

Operation Timmia also saw locations in Swansea citry centre targeted by South Wales Police.

Six people have been arrested and remain in custody, The Llanelli Herald has been told.

The large scale operation used the police helicopter, forensics teams, financial investigators and cash-detecting dogs.

Police seized three caravans, a cannabis cultivation, large amounts of cash and jewellery, and a number of other items believed to be linked to crimes.

Detectives said those arrested are being held on suspicion of several offences, including conspiracy to commit burglary.

They have also issued an appeal to trace a further four suspects: Daniel Casey, 27; Terrence Casey, 19; Michael Casey, 18; and Patrick Joyce, 20.

All four men have links with the travelling community and are known to travel throughout the UK, said police.

“We know the recent spates of burglaries and car thefts across the division has been of real concern in our local communities and I hope the scale of this morning’s enforcement action reassures the public that we do take the matter seriously and that we are fully committed to bringing those responsible to justice,” said Det Insp Dave Peart.

“We now have a number of individuals in custody and enquiries are ongoing to locate a number of outstanding suspects.”

As part of the raids, officers searched an industrial unit in the Fforestfach area of the city, and nine caravans on Millstream Way traveller site.

The force said the investigation follow what has been described as a “high number of burglaries and aggravated burglaries in the past year”.

In some instances, homeowners were confronted by armed gangs who either threatened or inflicted violence.

Supt Cath Larkman added: “During some of the recent burglaries we’ve seen an increasing use of, or willingness to use, violence, so today’s action was absolutely proportionate and necessary to protect the public from further criminality and potential harm.”

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Band leader sexually assaulted 14-year-old cadet

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THE LEADER of an Army cadet band turned a kitchen into a sauna and sexually assaulted a naked teenage boy.

And Philip Pryor, now 65, used a British Legion computer to download child pornography.

Pryor, of Llys y Llyfgell, Burry Port, has been jailed for two and a half years.

Swansea Crown Court heard how Pryor had been the leader of an Army cadet band in Burry Port, which attracted members from across west Wales, as well as being a branch secretary for the British Legion.

Robin Rouch, prosecuting, said the Army had a hut in Burry Port which the band used for rehearsals and some cadets slept there, as did Pryor, before a concert.

A man who was a 14-year-old cadet at the time told police how Pryor would boil pans of water and place towels around doors and windows and turn the kitchen into a sauna.

Boys were encouraged to take off their clothes, as did Pryor.

On at least three occasions he touched the boy indecently, said Mr Rouch.

The victim did not complain until many years later after he had seen a television news item about young footballers being abused and confided in a friend about what had happened to him.

He later told police that at the time Pryor, who had played in a military band while serving in the Army, had told him that because of his standing in the community there was no point in complaining as no-one would believe him.

Mr Rouch said a police investigation began and officers removed a British Legion computer used by Pryor and found he had downloaded a small number of indecent images of schoolboys.

Pryor admitted three offences of indecent assault and one of possessing child pornography.

His barrister, Frank Phillips, said Pryor was now remorseful and ashamed and had lived as a recluse since his arrest.

Judge Geraint Walters told Pryor he had been in a position of trust.

“You targeted him and abused him more than once.

“The fact that he went to the police so many years later demonstrates the long lasting effect of what you did to him. It has never left him.

“It shows the wickedness of an adult taking advantage of a youngster.

“There was some grooming here in that you allowed him to have alcohol and cigarette.

“I accept you have led a blameless life since the offending but it is not possible for me to pass a sentence that could be suspended,” he added.

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