a MAN from Oakfield, Cwmbran has been sentenced to 8 weeks in custody by the Llanelli Magistrates’ Court following his guilty plea to charges of common assault and racially aggravated harassment.
Kyle Jones, born on 21st June 1995, of 66 Oakfield Grange, Oakfield, Cwmbran, Torfaen, NP44 3FP, was charged and appeared before Mrs A Harries Magistrate, Mr J Davies Magistrate, and Mr D Edwards Magistrate at the Llanelli Magistrates’ Court.
The court heard that on 4th July 2023, at Nan Y Dderwen, Drefach, Mr. Jones assaulted Zoey Maher. He pleaded guilty to the offence of common assault, contrary to section 39 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988. He was subsequently ordered to pay costs to the Crown Prosecution Service in the amount of £85.00 and a surcharge of £154.00. The custodial period for this offence was set at 8 weeks.
On the same date at Nant Y Dderwen, he was also charged with assaulting Rhiannon Watt, occasioning her actual bodily harm. However, this charge was later discontinued.
Furthermore, at Drefach on 4th July 2023, Mr. Jones used threatening or abusive words or behaviour, an act that was deemed racially aggravated within the terms of section 28 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998. For this offence, he pleaded guilty and was fined £120.00.
Additionally, Mr. Jones admitted guilt to causing criminal damage to a door, valued under £5000, belonging to Rhiannon Watt at Nant Y Dderwen, Carmarthenshire on or about 4th July 2023. This was contrary to sections 1(1) and 4 of the Criminal Damage Act 1971. For this, he was sentenced to 4 weeks in custody, to run concurrently with the 8-week sentence.
The decision to impose a custodial sentence was attributed to Mr. Jones’s previous convictions and the serious nature of the offences. The court also noted that the defendant stated he would not engage with probation, a sentiment his defence solicitor echoed by agreeing to a custodial sentence.