A jockey has been accused of sexually grooming teenage girls who "hero worshipped" him as they mucked out stables. Stephen Cashmore, 49, is accused of three counts of indecency with a child and four of indecent assault against three different victims.
A jury at Cardiff Crown Court heard three women, now in their late thirties, came forward to claim Cashmore preyed on them between 1988 and 1991.
Amateur rider Cashmore, of Bonymaen, Swansea, is also accused of exposing himself at another girl, touching her thigh and trying to kiss her.
Cashmore denies four charges of indecent assault and three of indecency. The trial continues.
A Cardiff man has been jailed after he admitted stabbing his own son to death in a drunken row following a Six Nations rugby match. 53 year old Neil Davies, from the Llanrumney area of the city, stabbed his son Joshua, who was 24, in the neck with a kitchen knife.
Neil Davies, 53, stabbed his son Joshua, 24, in the neck with a kitchen knife when the two argued at their Cardiff home a few hours after celebrating a Wales' rugby victory over England in March.
Cardiff Crown Court heard the force of the blow slashed Joshua's carotid artery and almost severed his jugular vein - leaving him sprawled on a sofa soaked in blood. Despite frantic efforts by police and paramedics they could not save six-footer Joshua.
Davies was jailed for five years after he pleaded guilty to manslaughter. A neighbour in a nearby flat overheard Davies crying, "He's dying, what have I done, what have you done?" and when he rang emergency services a distraught Davies said, "I just stabbed my son, please help".
The court heard the pair had been drinking for almost 12 hours at the Cross Inn pub and the British Legion club in Rumney, Cardiff. CCTV footage at the club showed the couple pushing each other and arguing shortly before they left just after midnight to return to their flat in nearby Llanrumney.
Defending lawyer David Aubrey QC told Cardiff Crown Court that Joshua had continued with his confrontational behaviour at the flat. Mr Aubrey said, "He struck the defendant on the left cheek and his father was trying to calm him down.
"He was making sandwiches and Joshua followed him into the kitchen, The defendant had the knife in his hand preparing a meal. He is adamant he did not deliberately arm himself with the knife but accepts he must have waved it around to ward off Joshua."
The court heard that Davies had string of 41 convictions including some for violence and had served previous prison sentences.
Joshua's mother Karen Brady, 47, broke down in tears the case and had to be comforted by friends afterwards.
A teenage arsonist who caused a £700,000 fire on his 15th birthday has been sentenced to four years detention at Cardiff Crown Court.The court heard how James Proctor started two arson attacks in the first three hours of his birthday.
He used a cigarette lighter to set fire to a taxi parked in the street and he then used paper dowsed with fuel to set fire to three commuter buses and a lorry in the Newport Transport depot.
Proctor, of Gloucestershire, was sentenced to four years youth detention after admitting two counts of arson and being reckless in endangering lives.
A chimney sweep has been fined £5,000 and ordered to pay £2,500 in costs after his failure to remove a bird's nest from a chimney flue led to the death of a Maesteg pensioner.
Phillip Jones, of Porthcawl, was sentenced at Cardiff Crown Court following a prosecution by the Health and Safety Executive.
The court was told that 73-year-old retired miner Derwyn Rees who lived in Llangynwyd, Maesteg, had experienced problems keeping his solid fuel fire alight.
Mr Jones, who has been a sweep for 25 years, was asked to sweep the chimney and carried out the work in September 2008.
The next day – Mr Rees’ birthday - his neighbours noticed his curtains were still drawn and found him dead in his bed. Following a police-led investigation an inquest in October 2010 revealed he died of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Further investigations by HSE and a solid fuel specialist revealed an extensive bird’s nest inside the chimney.
They found that Mr Jones had encountered a blockage of the chimney while sweeping but did not check to see if his brush cleared the chimney pot which would indicate the blockage had been cleared.
In addition, he failed to carry out a proper smoke test after completing the job, give advice to Mr Rees on ventilating the property or give any verbal or written warning.
Mr Rees niece, Janet Jones, said:
“Derwyn’s death was an avoidable tragedy and has had a huge impact on the family. We hope this case sends a clear message to sweeps so that this sort of incident does not happen again and other people are not put at risk."
A 23-year-old man has been given an indeterminate jail sentence after carrying out two sex attacks on two different women in the space of an hour. Wayne Jackson from Newport admitted rape, sexual assault and robbery.
The judge told him he was a 'dangerous criminal' whose offences were 'horrifying'. Both attacks took place in the subway underneath Newport railway station in November last year.
Prosecutor Leighton Hughes said: "Morgan took advantage of the seclusion provided by the subway to perpetrate two furious sexual assaults within an hour of each other. "The victims were young women making their way home and neither expected he would use that night to satisfy his deviant nature."