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Llanelli man stabbed his girlfriend’s brother to death




swansea-crown-courtA LLANELLI man has been jailed for nine years and four months for stabbing to death his girlfriend’s brother following a fireworks party at her home.

Wesley Jones, 30, of Y Bythyn, admitted the manslaughter of Simon Lee Bell, aged 22, at the home of Bell’s sister Stacey in Dillwyn Street, Llanelli on November 6 last year.

Jones stabbed him twice with a two inch long lock-knife.

The first stab caused only a minor injury to his shoulder but the second went into his chest and severed an artery in Mr Bell’s heart.

He died a few hours later in Swansea’s Morriston Hospital despite receiving emergency surgery.

Jim Davis, prosecuting, told Swansea Crown Court on Monday (Apr 25) that Stacey, a mother of three, had organised a fireworks and hot dogs party at her home attended by her brother, who lived in Llwynhendy, Llanelli, and Jones, who Stacey had been in an “on off relationship” with for seven years.


Wesley Jones

The prosecutor said Jones and Simon took heroin in a shed at the house and later the pair became involved in a heated argument over a drug debt Mr Bell claimed Jones owed him.

“Stacey paid her brother £50 out of her own money to settle the argument but the defendant was not happy and telephoned his father for a loan so he could pay her back.”

The court heard Mr Bell left at this point but Stacey said she and Jones continued “screaming and shouting” at each other which led to Mr Bell forcing his way back into the house.

Mr Davis said Stacey Bell said, “He’s kicked my front door in and he’s like come running into the living room.”

The two men swapped punches before Jones used the lock-knife then left the scene in his father’s van, throwing the knife out of the window onto a grass bank.

Mr Davis said outside her house, Stacey Bell “was hysterical and calling for help”, a scene witnessed by drinkers at the Duke of Wellington pub nearby.

A passer by took her phone off her and dialled 999 but by the time paramedics arrived Mr Bell was unresponsive.

After being arrested Jones initially tried to say it was mother of three Stacey who had stabbed Mr Bell but he later admitted manslaughter, accepting he was the one who used the knife.

In a victim impact statement read to the court, Mr Bell’s devastated mother Gilian Davies said:,“He was taken from me at such a very young age. I’m at a loss for words to say how I feel. I’ve been upset to the point there are no more tears left to cry.

“I have had to move out of my house because the memory of the happy years spent there with Simon are too difficult for me to bear.”

The judge, Mr Justice David Holgate, told Jones, “For some time after the offence you did not show any remorse at all for the killing and its consequences.

“It is said now that you accept full responsibility for your behaviour and deeply regret your actions and the terrible suffering you have caused.

“This was a serious incident. The punching was started by Simon but there are aggravating circumstances.

“You were under the influence of heroin, there was no evidence that Simon threatened you with any weapon or gave you any cause to think he had or might use a weapon.

“The use of the knife was wholly unjustified and unlawful.”

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Zoe Evans, Llanelli painter and decorator, is British Apprentice of the Year




Zoe Evans, a 21 year old painter and decorator from Llanelli, has been named the GB Apprentice of the Year and Welsh Apprentice of the Year at the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)
Apprenticeship Awards.

The CITB Apprenticeship Awards celebrate the achievements of apprentices and employers across the UK for their commitment and dedication to construction.

The winners were presented with their awards at a ceremony hosted by broadcaster and property entrepreneur, Sarah Beeny. The ceremony took place at Merchant Taylors’ Hall in London (7 November).

Zoe completed a level 2 apprenticeship in painting and decorating, to go onto achieve her Advanced level 3. With her artistic flair, Zoe enjoys the creative aspects of her trade and plans to take a career route in interior design. Zoe’s amazing commitment to being the best she can, has attributed to her becoming an ambassador for women in construction and being the face of the posters across her college, Coleg Sir Gar.

Zoe said: “I’ve loved every single part of my apprentice journey, from the classroom learning to the practical application and the more creative aspects of the job. I want to thank my mentor, Ken MacKay and my employer Ian Williams Ltd. It’s a really good feeling to know that I’ve been
recognised in this way. I’d definitely recommend an apprenticeship to anyone willing to work hard, have goals and go full out to achieve them.”

Jon Davies, CITB Apprenticeship Officer, said: “When Zoe started her apprenticeship we saw her potential so we fast tracked her from level 1 to level 2. It was important for me to make sure she had the right support to reach the heights she is capable of, and she is doing just that. Zoe makes work a brighter place for everyone around her. Her positive attitude and ability makes her a perfect ambassador for women in construction, and I am really pleased this has been recognised with her award.”

Kevin Mcloughlin, CITB board member and founder and Managing Director of Mcloughlin Decorating, said: “Congratulations to Zoe, a clearly dedicated apprentice – it’s great to recognise her hard work. Apprenticeships provide a fast track route into the construction industry. With so many rewarding careers opportunities in construction there is something out there for everyone. I wish Zoe all the best in her career in construction.”

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Police difuse hostage situation in Cae Glas




AT APPROXIMATELY 10.10pm on Wednesday (Nov 6) police were requested to attend at a property in Cae Glas, Felinfoel, in respect of threats being made by a man within the property to harm himself and a woman inside with a knife.

Officers were deployed immediately, and to ensure the safety of everyone at the scene firearms officers were also deployed.

Chief Inspector Stuart Bell said: “A specialist negotiator worked with the man for a number of hours, bringing the incident to a close at about 1.45am this morning, when the man surrendered himself and was arrested for an outstanding warrant.

“A woman at the scene was also arrested for obstructing police officers. No injuries have been reported.

“There is no threat or danger to anyone outside of the property in the area, and we can reassure residents that there is no need to be concerned as this was an isolated incident.”

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Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns resigns over rape trial sabotage




WELSH SECRETARY Alun Cairns has resigned over claims he knew about a former aide’s role in the “sabotage” of a rape trial. He had denied knowing Tory assembly candidate Ross England made claims about the victim’s sexual history in an April 2018 trial.

The Conservative Vale of Glamorgan MP said he only became aware of Mr England’s role in the trial’s collapse when the story broke last week.
BBC Wales discovered Mr Cairns was emailed about it in August 2018, which was four months before Mr England was chosen as Vale of Glamorgan candidate.

Paul Davies AM told The Herald: “I am sorry to see Alun resign today as the Secretary of State for Wales however, under the circumstances this was the right decision for him. Alun has rightly stated that he will cooperate fully with any investigations.

“I would like to thank Alun for his service to Wales as our Secretary of State where he brought an end to the Severn Bridge tolls which will leave a lasting legacy on the Welsh economy.”

Mr Cairns had been a cabinet member since being appointed in 2016. Mr Cairns intends to run as a candidate in the general election, the Herald understands.

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