Refusal to buy Valium triggered attack in Llanelli street
A LLANELLI man assaulted another man after he refused to buy drugs from him.
Andrew Price, aged 43, assaulted Edward West after he refused Price’s offer of buying his drugs.
He saw Mr West in Station Road in Llanelli on April 20 at around 5.40pm.
Price climbed over a nearby wall and walked towards Mr West and the pair were seen talking for a long time.
During that time Price offered him Valium tablets, which Mr West refused.
Mr West was looking away when he suddenly felt a sharp pain, caused by Price slapping him, before a second sharp blow to his face also landed.
Mr West went to hospital after sustaining a cut lip but did not require any treatment, prosecuting barrister Ieuan Rees said.
Price, from Station Road in the town, admitted common assault and possessing class C drugs, they are normally offences that could be sentenced by magistrates but at the time he was subject to a suspended sentence imposed by a crown court judge after admitting burglary with intent to cause unlawful damage in a house.
During that offence, which he committed with a woman in September 2012, he was captured on CCTV forcing his way into a flat and inside the pair caused damage to the property by letting off a fire extinguisher and trying to flood it by running water into a full kitchen sink and bath they had stuffed with clothes.
In February this year he was given an eight-month term suspended for 20 months for that offence and told if he reoffended he would likely be sent to prison for that and any new offence he had committed.
His barrister Tom Scapens said his client’s criminal record showed periods where he had stayed out of trouble and others more recently where he had worked well on an order with the Probation Service.
He said since Price’s marriage had broken down in 2011 he had turned to drugs and alcohol.
“It’s a story which unfortunately all too often comes before the courts,” said Mr Scapens.
He said the offences themselves could receive a financial penalty and the only reason he had appeared at Swansea Crown Court was because of his suspended sentence order.
He said this latest offence was a blip.
Recorder Peter Rouch told him he would not activate the prison term of the suspended sentence but would add a two month curfew to it instead. He also imposed a community order for the new offences, that order will run for 12 months.
“There’s now two sentences hanging over you, if you commit any further offence during the currency of this order you will be brought back here and be dealt with for those as well as any new offences,” said the judge.