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Trial date for man on multiple charges

courtA PEMBROKE man appeared at Haverfordwest Magistrates Court on Tuesday charged with assault, criminal damage and possession of a class C controlled drug.

Robert David James Saunders, aged 35, of Strawberry Hill Farm, Lamphey, pleaded not guilty to beating Jolene Saunders, not guilty to damaging a smoke alarm, but admitted possessing two tablets of diazapam.

Prosecutor Vaughn Pritchard-Jones told the court: “Conditional bail is appropriate today but the defendant should not contact Jolene Saunders in any way, or go to Pembroke Dock. He should reside with his parents at the farm. A custodial sentence is not likely in this case.

Mr Prichard-Jones continued: “Previously, he went back to the property within two hours of being released from the police station. I ask you to stress to this man that if he does go around to the house or contact Jolene Saunders in any way then he will be remanded in custody.”

Defending Mark Layton said: “I agree with those conditions, Saunders understands the non-contact condition to include text messages and mobile phones. In terms of the drugs, two tables of diazapan which Saunders obtained in a nearby public house. He has admitted it and a fine would be appropriate.”

Following a brief period of deliberation the Chairman of the Bench said: “The fine for the drugs including costs will be £215. We also issue a destruction order for the tablets of diazapam.”

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The charges of beating and criminal damage will be dealt with by the Magistrates Court on Demcember 11.