Man who went on the run won't face prosecution
A MAN who went on the run for 18 years will not face prosecution for the offences he was originally charged with, he has been told.
John Condon, 39, was meant to stand trial at Swansea Crown Court on January 10, 1994, but failed to arrive at court because he was scared of the consequences, his barrister told Swansea Crown Court.
He was finally arrested in August this year after he was given a police caution for criminal damage and details of the outstanding warrant alerted officers.
In 1993, Condon, formerly of Lon Manor, Morriston, had pleaded not guilty to two charges of assault against his partner in August 1993 at their then home in Parc Gwernfadog, Morriston.
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She was left needing 25 stitches following the alleged assault, which left her with a 5cm cut.
The court was told he had been living with the woman he was accused of assaulting in 1993, and had two children.
But prosecuting barrister Ieuan Rees said yesterday no further action would be taken on the original assault charges.
"I understand that yesterday a notice of discontinuance was issued in respect of proceedings," he told Swansea Crown Court.
Last month Condon was jailed for two months after admitting a single charge of breaching his bail but prosecutors then asked for time to decide whether to proceed with the existing charges.
Judge Paul Thomas said: "You have to continue to serve a sentence for breach of bail but the other matters have been dropped and not guilty verdicts have been entered."
Condon first moved to Ireland, and then moved to Redditch in the Midlands.
John Hipkin, defending Condon, had previously told the court: "The reason he didn't attend was due to his fear of the consequences."