It has been a busy month for the courts in Wales. Here are the men and women who have been put be­hind bars...

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RUEBEN BRATH­WAITE The teenager was jailed for life for the hor­rific mur­der of his step­mother Fiona Scour­field.

Ms Scour­field was re­peat­edly hit on the fore­head with the blunt side of an axe, then had her throat slashed with a sa­mu­rai sword. CRAIG GOUGH The taxi driver, who had been work­ing all night, killed a cy­clist when he “ploughed into” rid­ers af­ter falling asleep.

Chef Jack Berry died af­ter the crash on the A48 near Pen­tre Meyrick.

Pros­e­cu­tor David Pugh said the de­fen­dant, a taxi driver based in Brid­gend, had com­pleted a shift of more than 13 hours dur­ing which he took at least 33 fares.

He was jailed for three years. JOSHUA KIRK The abu­sive boyfriend butted his part­ner and stran­gled her un­til she passed out.

Kirk as­saulted his girl­friend in her home twice leav­ing her cut and bruised as well as suf­fer­ing from vivid re­cur­ring night­mares and flash­backs sev­eral months on from the at­tacks. SHAN­NON EVANS The mother bit off part of a woman’s ear and sprayed her with bleach be­fore hit­ting two men who tried to stop her bru­tal at­tack.

Evans left her vic­tim need­ing plas­tic surgery and with per­ma­nent scars af­ter bit­ing off a chunk of her ear, which po­lice later found on the floor of her home. RORY MOR­RI­SON The “ex­tremely dan­ger­ous” sex of­fender, out of jail on li­cence, fol­lowed a young woman as she walked alone down a cy­cle path be­fore punch­ing her in the face and try­ing to rob her.

Mor­ri­son “be­came aroused and thought he could rape [his vic­tim]” af­ter trail­ing her down the footpath. SHANE WAKE­FIELD Jailed for eight years for be­friend­ing un­der­age girls on­line with gift vouch­ers be­fore black­mail­ing them for graphic pho­tos.

He first came to the at­ten­tion of the au­thor­i­ties af­ter one of his vic­tims, a child in Scot­land, re­ported him to Snapchat af­ter he threat­ened to pub­lish in­de­cent images of her un­less she agreed to co­op­er­ate with his de­mands. BLANE NUNES Nunes, 26, was driv­ing at al­most three times the speed limit when he crashed and killed de­voted sin­gle dad Vladimir Cech.

Mr Cech died five days af­ter be­ing in­volved in a “cat­a­strophic col­li­sion” in the early hours of April 25 just out­side his own home.

A mod­i­fied Volk­swa­gen Golf GTI, de­scribed as be­ing ca­pa­ble of reach­ing speeds of up to 235mph, driven by Nunes crashed into the back of a Skoda Fabia in which Mr Cech was a pas­sen­ger, in Caer­leon Road, New­port. KEIRON PARKER The 21-year-old was jailed af­ter stab­bing a man three times with a sev­eninch hunt­ing knife – in the head, back and bi­cep – af­ter a row over loud mu­sic. NIGEL KELLY The thug stran­gled his ter­ri­fied girl­friend and knocked out her two front teeth by re­peat­edly punch­ing her af­ter drink­ing an en­tire bot­tle of whisky.

Kelly punched the woman to her face, neck and arms, as well as plac­ing his hands over her mouth, press­ing her face into a mat­tress and threat­en­ing to kill her. JOSHUA EVANS The ob­ses­sive man had a his­tory of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence when he told his ex-girl­friend he would kill or hurt him­self “to wind her up” – and threat­ened to beat up her new part­ner.

Cardiff Crown Court heard Joshua Evans be­came jeal­ous when his ex­girl­friend started see­ing some­one else and threat­ened to “kick his head in”, leav­ing her feel­ing scared, up­set and un­safe. LUKE THOMAS An­other ob­ses­sive man jailed for phys­i­cally abus­ing and im­pris­on­ing his girl­friend be­cause she was 10 min­utes late com­ing home.

He also cut up her work uni­form and threat­ened to “dig up” her dead mother and “s*** in her ashes”.

For­mer semi-pro­fes­sional foot­baller Thomas, also known as Luke Leto, was de­scribed as be­ing “dom­i­neer­ing, threat­en­ing and con­trol­ling” in re­la­tion to his re­la­tion­ship with the woman. STEPHANIE ROBERTS The young woman smashed a mir­ror over her boyfriend’s head just seven weeks af­ter be­ing given a sus­pended sen­tence for slash­ing an­other part­ner in the face with a kitchen knife.

Roberts launched the al­co­hol and drug-fu­elled as­sault on her Swansea Univer­sity part­ner af­ter a heated row and, when po­lice ar­rived, locked her­self in his room and claimed to be the vic­tim. WES­LEY WILLIAMS The drug dealer ran a credit sys­tem for kids as young as 13 to buy cannabis and co­caine, a court heard.

The 29-year-old would “be­friend” chil­dren aged un­der 17 in or­der to in­tro­duce them to drugs but – be­cause he re­alised they were too young to af­ford them – set up a credit sys­tem to make pay­ments eas­ier. CARL JONES AND GIULIANNA MCLAUGH­LIN The cou­ple’s crime spree started with try­ing to smug­gle heroin into prison in Brid­gend and went on to fea­ture rob­bery, drug deal­ing and a high-speed po­lice chase.

Be­tween them Jones and McLaugh­lin have pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions for more than 130 of­fences. MYLES KONTEN He was jailed for 12 and a half years af­ter at­tack­ing a group of men with an axe in Cardiff.

The 18-year-old told two vic­tims: “I’m go­ing to cut your head off” and “you’re go­ing to die”. JOR­DAN RISE­BOR­OUGH The teenager pulled up out­side a Cardiff bar­ber shop and di­rected abuse at a group of friends out­side be­fore plung­ing a knife into one of them.

Rise­bor­ough, 17, at­tacked his vic­tim Jack Cesh­ion with a knife af­ter he pulled up out­side the Gen­tle- men’s Bar­bers in Trow­bridge and hit him with a wa­ter bot­tle. CIARA MANSELL The tal­ented stu­dent “with a bright fu­ture” ended up giv­ing birth in prison af­ter she got in­tro­duced to drugs and be­came a vi­o­lent crim­i­nal.

Mansell was an “aca­demic and trust­wor­thy girl” as an A-level stu­dent but fell into a life of crime af­ter meet­ing an older man who in­tro­duced her to ke­tamine and other drugs. SAMMY LEE SA­MUELS Given a longer sen­tence af­ter es­cap­ing from prison by step­ping over a waist-high wall.

He was in jail for four and a half years af­ter bit­ing off part of a man’s ear. His es­cape means he will be spend­ing a fur­ther eight months be­hind bars. PAUL O’BRIEN Jailed for at­tack­ing a 72-year-old man at Presthaven Sands hol­i­day park.

The pen­sioner was left dis­fig­ured af­ter be­ing hit by O’Brien in a fight about noise at the car­a­van site. JOHN PAUL WIL­SON It took three taser-car­ry­ing po­lice of­fi­cers to sub­due a “scream­ing” Wil­son who had two knives in his hand.

Of­fi­cers re­peat­edly had to tell the

22-year-old to “calm down” fol­low­ing a dis­tur­bance in De­ganwy on Au­gust 19.


Jailed for steal­ing wal­lets from staff at the LC leisure cen­tre in Swansea.

Ahearne was pre­vi­ously jailed in 2016 af­ter loot­ing the Scout Hut in Bryn Road, Bryn mill, while Scout lead­ers kept ter­ri­fied chil­dren safe in a neigh­bour­ing room.

The court heard he has con­vic­tions for 122 of­fences.


The trio were locked up for tor­tur­ing a one-legged man with an elec­tric drill and boil­ing wa­ter in his own home in Neath.

Paul Evans was bat­tered and had a ket­tle of boil­ing wa­ter, with sugar added to make it stick to his skin, poured over him.


Jailed for eight years for rap­ing and as­sault­ing a woman.

He was hav­ing an ar­gu­ment with the woman when he forced her onto the bed and hit her with a pad­dle, caus­ing bruis­ing, be­fore rap­ing her.

He is the son of Welsh Labour lead­er­ship fron­trun­ner and Cardiff West AM Mark Drakeford.


The dad-to-be was jailed the day be­fore his first child was due to be born for giv­ing fake de­tails to the po­lice.

The 25-year-old, who was dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing, gave an of­fi­cer his brother’s de­tails when he was caught be­hind the wheel and has been sent to prison for 10 months.


The drug dealer kept heroin hid­den in his un­der­wear af­ter he was caught deal­ing on the street out­side his Pon­typridd house.

Mor­gan was caught car­ry­ing wraps of heroin, £315 in cash and three mo­bile phones.

An­other plas­tic bag of heroin was found con­cealed in his un­der­wear af­ter he was searched at a po­lice sta­tion.

ALED LEWIS The thug punched his ex-part­ner in the face while un­der a re­strain­ing or­der and was jailed for 11 months.

Lewis was banned from con­tact­ing the woman when he abused her over the phone, punched her in the face and grabbed her by the throat over three con­sec­u­tive days. DAVID HAMP­SON

Jailed for re­peat­edly stand­ing in the mid­dle of a busy Swansea road and stop­ping traf­fic.

He was ac­cused of breach­ing a pre­vi­ously im­posed crim­i­nal be­hav­iour or­der by his ac­tions in the city cen­tre.


The vi­o­lent thug throt­tled a woman then re­peat­edly punched her when she re­fused his re­quest to per­form a sex act.

McCarthy, who has a his­tory of vi­o­lent of­fend­ing, has been branded by his trau­ma­tised vic­tim as “a dan­ger to women”.


Caught try­ing to bur­gle a home in Llanelli af­ter tech­nol­ogy alerted the home­own­ers he was there.

The fam­ily were alerted by a move­ment sen­sor in their home which ac­ti­vates CCTV for 20 sec­onds, then sends them a text mes­sage warn­ing.


The pae­dophile, of Pon­tard­du­lais, was jailed af­ter en­cour­ag­ing “de­coys” – who he thought were 13-year-old girls – to look at images of him mas­tur­bat­ing af­ter talk­ing to them on a chat web­site.

The court heard a group called Shield of In­no­cence cre­ated “de­coy” pro­files im­i­tat­ing two 13-year-old girls on July 12.


The driver, who has never taken his test, sped along coun­try lanes in Gower while three times the the drink-drive limit.

He took a friend’s car with­out his knowl­edge and went “joy rid­ing” – at one stage over­tak­ing two cars at speed while go­ing into a blind bend.


Jailed for set­ting fire to a po­lice car out­side a Swansea po­lice sta­tion.

He was heard laugh­ing and shout­ing “f***ing pigs”.


He armed him­self with a knife and went look­ing for some­body to rob in Car­marthen town cen­tre.

Lewis con­fronted his vic­tim on a quiet lane in the cen­tre of town – but af­ter rob­bing his vic­tim at knife-point he hugged the man and asked him to pre­tend the in­ci­dent had never hap­pened.


The bur­glar left a young mum and her daugh­ter fright­ened to live in their home af­ter he broke in and stole ev­ery­thing from the food in her fridge to her car.

He even stole the first draw­ing the young child had done for her mum.

Rueben Brath­waite

Joshua Kirk

Craig Gough

Shan­non Evans

Shane Wake­field

Rory Mor­ri­son

Myles Konten

Jor­dan Rise­bor­ough

Stephanie Roberts

Carl Jones

Giulianna McLaugh­lin

Keiron Parker

Nigel Kelly

Blane Nunes

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