Apologetic Llanelli cage fighter vows to beat addiction
A LLANELLI cage fighter caught with a knife on a revenge mission has told of his efforts to beat drugs and turn his life around.
Last week, Shain Michael Strugnall pleaded guilty to possession of a blade at the town's Clos St Paul when he appeared before magistrates.
But now Mr Strugnall has hailed the police for doing their job and expressed remorse for his actions.
Mr Strugnall — who suffers from paranoia and schizophrenia — was arrested after he went looking for a man who, the court was told, he believed had taken cash from his home.
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After the police arrived the situation turned violent and the 25-year-old admits he ended up in a fight with an officer.
He said that he regrets his decision.
"I do admit I did react in the wrong way, but I felt abused," he said. "I felt as if someone had taken my niceness and used it as a weakness. That's why I reacted the way I did.
"I've realised where I went wrong, received my punishment and I am working well with the probation.
"All I can do is just keep my head down."
He added: "I did apologise to the police officer afterwards.
"At the end of the day I think being a police officer is hard enough and if it wasn't for them the world would be a worse place."
Mr Strugnall, formerly of Myrtle Terrace, has battled addiction in the past but says he is no longer taking drugs.
"I am completely clean of drugs now," he said.
And he hopes a recent move to a new flat in Pwll with his partner Jade will help keep him out of trouble.
"We were in a bit of a party house before," said Mr Strugnall.
"We are comfortable now, not in an erratic situation."
Mr Strugnall is currently a regular at Llanelli's Chooselife centre on Copperworks Road, which provides friendly support for drug addicts.
He says this is another step in the right direction.
"I'm just keeping in touch with Chooselife as much as I can," he added. "They keep me busy during the day — I'm training to be a chef.
"I volunteer down here as much as I can. If there is anything that needs doing I'm the first one in there."
He added: "I will be looking at being part of the community again, rather than just taking from the government and doing drugs and things like that."