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Company secretary steals nearly GBP 1 million

Susan Jones had worked for CK Supermarkets for about 20 years. At a previous hearing at Swansea Crown Court she admitted taking nearly £1 million from her employer over a four year period in order to pay off debts at her family's farm.


Man kills five-year-old boy by driving dangerously

Dean Collins was driving his Ford Focus on the A48 Western Avenue on 13 September 2015 when he drifted onto the opposite carriageway and collided with another car seriously injuring the occupants. It also resulted in his passengers being injured: one of them fatally.


South Wales Organised Drug Gang Imprisoned

A total of 54 years imprisonment was imposed on eight men at Cardiff Crown Court today for conspiring to supply class A drugs.


North Wales Police Officer sentenced for Rape

Police officer Iain James Clarke started a five year prison sentence last week having previously being convicted by a jury. He had been granted bail to appear at today's hearing at Mold Crown Court but the Judge told him to prepare himself for a prison sentence.


Double murderer jailed for city centre stabbings

A murderer who stabbed his ex-girlfriend and her new partner to death in a 'brutal' city centre attack has today (Tue 28 Feb) been jailed for a minimum of 23 years.


Prolific offender from Holyhead jailed

38-year-old Holyhead man Barry Winters was sentenced to four years and nine months imprisonment for a number of domestic burglaries committed over a period of ten days in Treaddur Bay, Anglesey in August and September 2016. The Judge sentencing the case described Winters as a "one man crime wave."


Jordan Matthews convicted of murder of Xixi Bi

A 24-year-old man who carried out a vicious, sustained attack on his girlfriend has been convicted of her murder following a trial at Cardiff Crown Court.


CPS succeeds in increasing rapist's sentence

A convicted rapist has had his jail term quadrupled after top judges described his original sentence as "far too low".


Woman who conspired to rape her own daughter jailed

A woman who conspired with a paedophile to rape her seven-year-old daughter has been jailed for nine years today.


Paedophile sentenced for attempting to meet 13-year-old

A 52-year-old paedophile has received a custodial sentence after admitting going online and attempting to meet a 13-year-old girl for sex.


Peter Morgan convicted of murdering Georgina Symonds

Peter Morgan has today been convicted of murdering 25-year-old Georgina Symonds by a jury following a trial at Newport Crown Court.


Cardiff sports coach jailed for six years

Luke Griffin, a sports coach from Cardiff, was sentenced to six years imprisonment at Cardiff Crown Court earlier today for sexual assault and false imprisonment of a number of very young girls and one boy in his care. On arrest, Griffin was found to have videoed and photographed a number of the assaults and stored them on his computer.


Kris Wade sentenced for Christine James murder

A man who murdered his neighbour at her Cardiff Bay flat has been jailed for life at Cardiff Crown Court.


CPS Cymru-Wales response to HMCPSI report

The CPS in Wales delivers good case outcomes and offers a value for money service, according to a report from Her Majesty's Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI).


Airport travellers targeted for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) awareness raising

Passengers travelling through Cardiff Airport are being given information about FGM, as part of an awareness campaign organised by the multi-agency Wales FGM Strategic Leadership Group.


Four jailed in Cardiff modern slavery case

Four men have been jailed at Cardiff Crown Court, after a jury found them guilty of a variety of offences of modern slavery, kidnap and assault.


Mark Davis jailed for abuse of boys in South Wales

A man who raped and sexually assaulted boys he met through theatre and stage groups in the 1980s and 1990s has been sentenced to 14 years imprisonment at Cardiff Crown Court.


Man jailed for 12 years for Cardiff student rape

A man who raped a student in Cardiff city centre during freshers’ week has been sentenced to 12 year imprisonment after being found guilty at Cardiff Crown Court.


Gang behind one of Wales' largest heroin hauls sentenced to almost 100 years

Members of a major drugs gang responsible for the supply of large amounts of heroin to the streets of South Wales have been jailed for almost 100 years between them, after a seven-week trial at Cardiff Crown Court.


Bridgend hospital nurses sentenced for fake test results

Three nurses who failed to carry out blood glucose tests on stroke victims and then faked the results have been sentenced at Cardiff Crown Court. All three admitted wilful neglect of patients at the Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend.


Newport man sentenced for sexual offences against a child

A man from Newport was sentenced to three years imprisonment yesterday, after being convicted of sexual offences against a child under the age of 13.


Christopher May convicted of Tracey Woodford murder

A man who killed and dismembered a woman in Pontypridd has been found guilty of murder after a trial at Cardiff Crown Court.


Caerphilly man sentenced for revenge porn offence

A Caerphilly man who posted intimate photos of his ex-partner online following their break up received a 16-week suspended prison sentence at Newport Magistrates’ Court.


Swansea couple jailed for perverting the course of justice

A man who faked being in a coma in an attempt to evade trial for fraud has received a custodial sentence for perverting the course of justice.


Increased sentences for Brackla disability hate crime perpetrators

Two men who abused and insulted a disabled man have been sentenced at Bridgend Magistrates’ Court.


Life sentence for Trecco Bay murderer

A man who beat a teenager to death in a case of mistaken identity has been jailed for life at Cardiff Crown Court.


Grandfather guilty of Amelia Jones murder

A Cwmbran man has been sentenced to life imprisonment, with a minimum term of 25 years, after being found guilty of murdering his five-week-old granddaughter.


Jail for cash machine robbers

Two men have been jailed for their part in causing explosions at cash machines in Pontypridd and Bridgend.


Life sentence for Cardiff attempted murder

A man who tried to stab his partner at her home in Cardiff has been handed a life sentence at Cardiff Crown Court.


Unite against child sexual exploitation

Wednesday 18 March 2015 was National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day, with people across Wales being urged to be aware of the signs of trafficking and report any suspicious activity to the appropriate authorities.


CPS completes review of Brecon Beacons soldiers case

The Crown Prosecution Service has completed a review of the case relating to the deaths of three soldiers on the Brecon Beacons in 2013.


Royston Jones jailed for 15 years for attempted murder in Abergavenny

A man who attacked his estranged wife at a hospital in Abergavenny has been jailed for 15 years, after being found guilty of attempted murder.


North Wales children’s entertainer jailed

A Conwy man who pleaded guilty to 20 charges including the making, possessing and distributing indecent images of children; possession of extreme images and supply of a Class A drug has been sentenced to two years in prison.


Statement following the acquittal of Joanne Mjadzelics

Statement from Catrin Attwell, Senior Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service Cymru-Wales Complex Casework Unit:


Swansea mortgage fraud gang jailed

Four people involved in a mortgage fraud worth over £5 million have been sentenced at Swansea Crown Court.


Extradited Cardiff heroin dealer sentenced to 94 months

A Cardiff drugs dealer has been sentenced to seven years and 10 months in prison at Cardiff Crown Court, after pleading guilty at a previous hearing to conspiracy to supply a Class A drug.


Colwyn Bay man jailed for historic rape and indecent assault

A 74-year-old Colwyn Bay man has been sentenced at Caernarfon Crown Court for a series of historic rapes and indecent assaults.


North Wales care home owner convicted of serious sexual offences

The owner and manager of 11 former children’s homes in North Wales has been convicted of 33 serious sexual offences, following a trial at Mold Crown Court.


Two jailed in human trafficking case

A woman has been jailed for eight years and a man for two years at Cardiff Crown Court, after being found guilty of offences connected with the trafficking of Nigerian women into the UK for sexual exploitation.


Dylan Seabridge death: Charges against Glynn and Julie Seabridge dropped

The Crown Prosecution Service has confirmed that the parents of Dylan Seabridge from Eglwyswrw in Pembrokeshire, who was found dead in late 2011, will no longer face criminal charges.


Gwent modern day slavery case leads to four-and-a-half year jail term

A man who forced a vulnerable victim to work unpaid on his farm in Gwent for a number of years has been jailed for four-and-a-half years at Cardiff Crown Court.


Pair found guilty in sex trafficking case

A woman has been found guilty at Cardiff Crown Court of trafficking two women from Nigeria to the UK, inciting prostitution and money laundering. Her partner has been convicted of two offences of money laundering.


Guilty plea in Gwent modern day slavery trial

A man has pleaded guilty to forcing his vulnerable victim to carry out compulsory labour, in a trial at Cardiff Crown Court.


Ely rapist jailed for 16 years

A man responsible for the rape of a woman in her 90s at her home in Ely, Cardiff has been jailed for 16 years at Newport Crown Court.


Nine years for North Wales drug dealer

A man who was part of a gang involved in the supply of Class A drugs to communities throughout North Wales has today (24 July 2014) been sentenced to nine years imprisonment at Mold Crown Court.


Three charged in Bridgend hospital investigation

The Crown Prosecution Service has authorised South Wales Police to charge three people, as part of an investigation into alleged offences committed at a hospital in Bridgend.


Five years for voyeuristic Cardiff teacher

A man who admitted to filming children using toilets and making and possessing indecent photographs has been jailed for five years at Cardiff Crown Court.


Drugs gang sentences top 40 years

Six men involved in the supply of class A drugs in Gwent and South Wales have been given custodial sentences totalling over 40 years at Cardiff Crown Court.


Pair sentenced for human trafficking offences

Two people who admitted trafficking two women into Wales for the purposes of prostitution have been sentenced at Newport Crown Court.


Dentist jailed for £50,000 NHS fraud

Dental surgeon Jochemus Venter has today (Friday 20 December) been jailed for 18 months at Cardiff Crown Court for submitting fraudulent claims to NHS Dental Services for the provision of dental treatments totalling £47,947.


Ian Watkins and two other defendants sentenced for child sex offences

Suzanne Thomas, Senior Crown Prosecutor, CPS Wales, said: "These three defendants conspired to commit appalling crimes of abuse against young and defenceless victims.


Ian Watkins and two other defendants guilty of child sex offences

Ian Watkins and two female defendants have pleaded guilty to a series of child sex offences at Cardiff Crown Court. They will be sentenced on 18 December.


Husband and fraud investigator wife sentenced for £885,000 Gift Aid fraud

Cardiff couple Mark and Elizabeth Lewis have today (Friday 1 November) been sentenced for their parts in a large scale Gift Aid fraud believed to have cost the public revenue £885,000.


John Larsen guilty of causing Denbigh explosions

John Larsen has been sentenced to 18 years imprisonment after being found guilty of causing a series of explosions around Denbigh.


Prolific handbag thief jailed for 18 months

A woman who stole over 900 designer handbags has been sentenced to 18 months imprisonment at Newport Crown Court.


AWEMA investigation: Naz Malik to appear in court

The former Chief Executive Officer of the All Wales Ethnic Minority Association is to be charged with fraud.


86 people charged as part of ‘crash for cash’ investigation

A total of 86 people have been charged in relation to a scam which is alleged to have operated out of a garage known as both ‘St David’s Crash Repair’ and ‘Easifix’, based in Pengam, Blackwood.


Operation Imperial – three men charged

Statement from Catrin Evans, Head of Complex Casework Unit, CPS Cymru-Wales:


Carl Mills guilty of Cwmbran fire murders

A man has been jailed for life, with a minimum term of 30 years, for murdering three generations of a family in a fire.


Matthew Tvrdon detained indefinitely for Cardiff hit-and-runs

A van driver who killed one person and injured 17 others in a series of hit-and-runs around Cardiff last October has been detained indefinitely under the Mental Health Act.


Mark Bridger convicted of April Jones murder

Mark Bridger has been convicted of the murder of five-year-old April Jones, after a trial at Mold Crown Court.


Life sentence for Prestatyn fire murderer

A woman who started a fire which led to the deaths of five members of the same family at a flat in Prestatyn has been convicted of murder and given a life sentence.


Flintshire rapist given life sentence

A serial sex offender from Connah’s Quay, Flintshire has been jailed for life with a minimum sentence of nine years.


Prosecution offers no evidence in Colette Davies case

A man accused of the murder of Colette Davies in India in 2004 has been released from custody, after the prosecution offered no evidence against him at a hearing at Cardiff Crown Court this morning.


Clive Sharp handed life sentence for the murder of Catherine Gowing

A man who admitted to the rape and murder of his partner’s housemate has been given a life sentence at Mold Crown Court. Clive Sharp was told he would serve a minimum of 37 years before being considered for parole.


Speeding case highlights risks of online advice

Prosecutors and a road safety group say a routine speeding case in North Wales highlights the need for motorists to be wary of some online information sources.


Hope and Richards guilty of Aamir Siddiqi murder

A jury at Swansea Crown Court has found Ben Hope and Jason Richards guilty of the murder of 17-year-old Aamir Siddiqi at his home in Roath, Cardiff in 2010. The two defendants were also convicted of the attempted murder of Aamir's parents.


William Jones found guilty of Roath murder

William Jones has been convicted of the murder of Peter Lewis at Roath, Cardiff, after a trial at Cardiff Crown Court.


CPS statement on Gleision Colliery investigation

Malcolm McHaffie, Deputy Head of Special Crime at the Crown Prosecution Service, said:


Sara Ege found guilty of the murder of her seven-year-old son in Cardiff

A jury at Cardiff Crown Court has found Sara Ege guilty of the murder of her seven-year-old son Yaseen at Pontcanna, Cardiff in 2010.


Fifth murder charge in Prestatyn house fire case

Statement from Ian Evans, Crown Advocate for the Crown Prosecution Service Cymru-Wales:


Nine charged as part of insurance fraud investigation

Nine defendants have been charged as a result of a major investigation by South Wales Police into allegations that a phone-based insurance scam has been operating from the Swansea area.


Gavin Mills jailed for life after admitting Newport murder

A man who punched, kicked and stamped a Polish baker to death in Newport has been jailed for life.


Woman charged after fatal Prestatyn fire

A 42-year-old woman has been charged, following a house fire in Prestatyn that resulted in four fatalities.


Ely murder investigation: Man charged

A 31-year-old man has been charged with 19 offences relating to road traffic incidents around Cardiff on Friday, October 19.


Man charged with Catherine Gowing murder

A 46-year-old man has been charged with murder following the disappearance of Catherine Gowing, who was last seen in the Mold area of Flintshire.


Life sentence for Pentyrch killer

A man convicted of stabbing to death a 64-year-old man at Pentyrch, near Cardiff, has been handed a life sentence with a minimum term of 28 years.


First charges over rape victim naming

Two people have been charged with offences relating to messages posted online that identified the victim in the rape case which led to the conviction of footballer Chedwyn (Ched) Evans.


Man charged with the murder of April Jones

A 46-year old man has been charged with the murder of April Jones.


Man charged after Cwmbran house fire fatalities

A 28-year-old man has been charged with three counts of murder following a fire that led to the deaths of three people at a house in Cwmbran.


Darren Jackson: Life sentence for Llanllwni murderer

A man has been jailed for life after admitting to the rape and murder of a grandmother at her home in Carmarthenshire.


Pair ordered to restore damage to environmentally sensitive site

Two men who damaged a protected woodland at a farm in Llanhaedr in the Vale of Clwyd have been ordered to carry out restorative works at the site, after admitting offences under the Wildlife and Countryside Act.


Mother guilty in Swansea baby poisoning case

A mother has been been found guilty of murdering her baby daughter, after administering her adult painkillers.


Barry Bowyer guilty of Gary Suller murder

A man who callously attacked and killed Gary Suller at his home in Cwmbran has been jailed for life, after being found guilty of murder.


Brynmawr man guilty of Abergavenny manslaughter

A jury at Newport Crown Court has found Gareth Jenkins of Brynmawr guilty of the manslaughter, after a trial into the circumstances surrounding the death of Harry Towers from Abergavenny.


Psychic Karl Lang guilty of sex offences

A Newport psychic who targeted two vulnerable women and convinced them to perform sex acts, has been found guilty at Newport Crown Court.


Two guilty of Gabor Sarkozi murder

Two Rhyl men have been convicted at Mold Crown Court of the murder of Gabor Sarkozi in Denbighshire.


Bridgend man sentenced after extradition from Thailand

A 58-year-old man from Bridgend has been sentenced to 12 years for rape and indecent assault, following his extradition from Thailand.


Third man sentenced in sex offences operation

A third man has been sentenced after pleading guilty to paying for sexual services involving a child, as part of a major operation targeting predatory behaviour in the Gwent area.


Cardiff restaurateur must pay £34,000 for ignoring trading ban

A Cardiff restaurateur has been ordered to pay almost £34,000 for failing to pay a security bond against potential company losses.


William Jones charged with Peter Lewis murder

The 31-year-old man arrested on suspicion of the murder of Peter Lewis at Roath in Cardiff has now been charged.


David Cook guilty of Leonard Hill murder

A man who claimed he killed his neighbour during a temporary loss of control, has been found guilty of murder by a jury at Newport Crown Court.


Evans handed five-year sentence for Rhyl rape

Footballer Ched Evans has been jailed for five years after being found guilty at Caernarfon Crown Court of raping a woman at a hotel near Rhyl.


Life sentence for Narberth murderer John Mason

John Mason has been handed a life sentence with a minimum term of 30 years, after a jury at Swansea Crown Court found him guilty of the murder of Angelika Dries-Jenkins in Narberth, Pembrokeshire.


Pontypridd man jailed for posting racist comments on Twitter

Liam Stacey from Pontypridd has been jailed for 56 days after admitting a racially aggravated public order offence at Swansea Magistrates’ Court.


"Significant" progress recognised by inspectors

A report by Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) has praised the improvements made by the Crown Prosecution Service in Wales since its previous inspections of the Gwent and South Wales areas.


Case against Occupy Cardiff protesters discontinued

The Crown Prosecution Service has confirmed that the case against two protesters arrested and charged at the Occupy Cardiff demonstration in November 2011 has been discontinued.


North Wales drugs gang sentenced to over 130 years

A gang of 23 drug dealers responsible for the supply of Class A drugs across North Wales have received sentences totalling over 130 years' imprisonment at Caernarfon Crown Court.


Two jailed for neglect of three-year-old boy

Lisa Brooks and Tomas Lewis have received custodial sentences after pleading guilty to the wilful neglect of a three-year-old boy at Trevethin, near Pontypool.


Julian Emms guilty of fraudulent use of motor neurone disease funds

A Monmouthshire man accused of fraud relating to a fund set up to support his terminally ill son, has been found guilty at Cardiff Crown Court.