Pensioner assaulted ex's new partner
A PENSIONER has avoided jail after admitting harassing his ex’s new partner.
Arwel Clement, aged 63, was due to stand trial at Swansea Crown Court but pleaded guilty on the day to an alternative charge of harassment.
He admitted targeting John Dempsey, a 67-year-old from the Pontarddulais area, after the pair had fallen out, partly because Mr Dempsey had begun seeing Clement’s former partner, Carol Boxhall.
Prosecutor Patrick Griffiths told Swansea Crown Court that on January 4, Mr Dempsey was sat in the Black Horse pub in Pontarddulais when Clement came in and grabbed a glass before telling him he would slit Mr Dempsey’s throat.
He was then escorted out of the pub by bar staff.
Three days later, Mr Dempsey was sat at the rear of a bus when Clement, of Penlan Farm in Hendy, Llanelli, also got on to the same bus. Clement then walked towards Mr Dempsey and put his hand to his throat and again threatened to slit his throat. He told him “I’ll get you”.
He was not injured but called for help from the bus driver who told him to move near the front but Clement continued to shout abuse and was told to get off the bus.
Clement had previously been convicted of assault against Mr Dempsey in September 2012 after pouring a pint of beer over him and has also received a police caution.
On August 5 this year - while awaiting for sentence for this matter - he was convicted after trial of assaulting both Mr Dempsey and Ms Boxhall in a bus stop.
He had “jostled” with the pair, and received a conditional discharge.
Frances Jones, for Clement, said his client was due to begin working away and would stop taking the bus to limit contact.
Judge Peter Heywood told Clement they were unpleasant threats and it was a serious matter. He imposed a eight week sentence, suspended for 12 months.