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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.


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.


Carl Whant guilty of murder, child destruction, rape and arson

Carl Whant has been sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 35 years, after a jury at Newport Crown Court, found him guilty of the murder and rape of 19-year-old Nikitta Grender, the destruction of her unborn child Kelsey-May, and arson.


Bleddyn Rees King charged after Pentyrch murder

The 18-year-old man arrested on suspicion of the murder of David Evans at Pentyrch, near Cardiff has now been charged.


Darren Jackson charged with the murder of Irene Lawless

The 26-year-old man arrested on suspicion of the murder of Irene Lawless at Llanllwni in Carmarthenshire has now been charged.


Two sentenced for sexual exploitation of children

Two Newport men who pleaded guilty to offences relating to the sexual exploitation of children have been given custodial sentences.


Serial rapist jailed for 18 years

A Bargoed man convicted of 13 serious physical and sexual offences, including eight rapes, has been sentenced to 18 years imprisonment at Cardiff Crown Court.


Man charged in connection with Newport sex attacks

A man has been charged in relation to incidents on Sunday, 20 November 2011, in a subway which runs underneath Newport rail station.


Cardiff drugs gang sentenced to over 52 years

Nine people involved in the supply of Class A drugs in the Cardiff area have been sentenced to a total of 52 years and two months imprisonment at Cardiff Crown Court, after being found guilty of a range of Class A drug supply offences.


John Clifton Davies charged with the murder of Colette Davies in India

John Clifton Davies has been charged with murder, following the death of 39 year old Colette Davies in India in 2004. Davies has also been charged with two counts of fraud.


Wales leading the way with plans for digital prosecution

In an address to Cardiff Magistrates’ Association and the Law Society, the Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, has explained how the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in Wales is leading the way with bold plans to introduce digital working to the Criminal Justice System.


John Pope convicted of Karen Skipper murder after retrial

After a retrial at Cardiff Crown Court, a jury today found John Pope guilty of the murder of Karen Skipper in Cardiff in 1996.


Carl Whant charged with murder of Nikitta Grender

The 26 year old man arrested on suspicion of the murder of Nikitta Grender has now been charged.


Four sentenced after Antoni Robinson killing

Two sisters and their boyfriends were sentenced to life imprisonment at Mold Crown Court today, after being convicted of murdering the girls’ 61-year-old father.


Seven years for Llandrindod Wells rapist

A Powys man who attacked a 16 year-old female in the early hours of New Year’s Day has been sentenced to seven years imprisonment at Merthyr Crown Court.


Indefinite sentence for Gwent rapist

A Hengoed man convicted of a range of violent and sexual offences against four women has been jailed indefinitely at Cardiff Crown Court.


Martin Mather jailed for murder of disabled man in Rhyl

A Rhyl man who beat a disabled man to death has been handed a life sentence with a minimum term of 17 years, at Mold Crown Court today.


Mountain Ash murderers sentenced

Adam Smith and Richard Shanahan were sentenced to life imprisonment with a recommendation to serve at least 17 and 18 years respectively at the Crown Court, Cardiff today for the murder of Richard Dyas.


Inspection report notes determination to improve

Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate has published a report into its inspection of CPS South Wales, carried out in April this year.


Indefinite jail term for violent sex offender

Kyle John has been handed an indefinite sentence by the Crown Court, Merthyr today for causing grievous bodily harm with intent and assault by penetration.


Court of Appeal increases sentences for firearms offences

The Court of Appeal in London this week increased the sentences passed for firearms offences committed by David John Smith and Rhys Gethin.


Powys man convicted after retrial

Ben Roberts of Howey, near Llandrindod Wells, was convicted of actual bodily harm and sexual assault of a boy under the age of 13, in a retrial at Cardiff Crown Court this week.


Pembrokeshire drug gang sentenced

Members of a drugs gang involved in the supply of controlled substances throughout Pembrokeshire were sentenced at Swansea Crown Court today, having previously been found guilty of drugs offences.


Gwent CPS improving services to victims of rape

Gwent CPS has outlined the improvements the service is making in the way it handles rape cases.


Homophobic hate crime highlighted at Eisteddfod

Gwent CPS has joined forces with Gwent Police and Stonewall Cymru to launch a campaign to target homophobic hate crime. The campaign was launched at this year's Eisteddfod in Ebbw Vale.


First Serious Crime Prevention Order in Wales given to persistent drug dealer

Paul Richards, aged 51, was today the first person in Wales to be made the subject of a Serious Crime Prevention Order (SCPO).