It has been a busy month for the courts in Wales. Here are the men and women who have been put behind bars...
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.
MARK ANTHONY AHEARNE
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.
JOSHUA HUGHES, CHRISTOPHER JAMES AND RICHARD SANDRY
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.
WAYNE BRYNLEY ROGERS
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.