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Daniel Shepherd innocent of manslaughter in Jonathan Thomas trial

Daniel Shepherd has been found not guilty of manslaughter in the Jonathan Thomas trial at Swansea Crown Court today.

A jury has decided that the 23 year old from Skewen acted lawfully when he punched Jonathan Thomas during a late-night confrontation in Swansea city centre.

Daniel Shepherd has been found not guilty of manslaughter of Jonathan Thomas Credit: Athena Picture Agency, South Wales Police

Former rugby player Mr Thomas suffered a ruptured artery at the base of the skull and collapsed to the floor after being hit.

Despite the efforts of paramedics the 34-year-old could not be saved.

Jonathon Thomas died during a night out in Swansea city centre. Credit: South Wales Police / Family Photo

The court has heard how a single punch during a normal night out can ruin so many lives and lead to such a tragic loss of life. If some good can come from such a tragic incident then I hope that people watching or reading about the case will reflect and think about the impact one punch can have so we can prevent further incidents in the future.

– DCI Gareth Morgan, South Wales Police
Daniel Shepherd has been found not guilty of manslaughter in the Jonathan Thomas trial at Swansea Crown Court. Credit: Athena Picture Agency

Nothing will bring Jonathan back to us and no verdict will ever help us as a family.

We will never forget Jonathan. He was an amazing brother, son and grandson and is dearly loved and missed.

Jonathan’s memory will live on through the Jonathan Thomas Memorial Fund which has already raised over £10,000 for local charities.

– Thomas family statement
Jonathan Thomas played for Swansea RFC from 2002 to 2003. Credit: swansearfc.co.uk

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Snake owners urged to look after pets as woman banned

The RSPCA are urging reptile owners to look after their snakes after a woman is disqualified from keeping reptiles for two years.

Holly Alana Kate Randall from Llanhilleth pleaded guilty to offences under the Animal Welfare Act of failing to explore and address the cause of two boa constrictors’ poor body condition and causing unnecessary suffering to a bearded dragon.

A Llanhilleth woman has been disqualified from keeping reptiles for two years. Credit: RSPCA

The two snakes and the bearded dragon were passed over into the care of the RSPCA.

They are now doing well have been transferred to a specialist for rehoming.

Magistrates gave Randall a total of £520 costs and fines, as well as receiving a two-year ban on all reptiles.

The bearded dragon was very thin and had extreme retained skin. Credit: RSPCA

The bearded dragon was very thin and had extreme retained skin, there was an emaciated boa constrictor and also a thin boa constrictor.

Exotic animals need specialist care and sadly these animals had not been looked after appropriately.

– Sophie Daniels, RSPCA inspector

The RSPCA urge anyone considering acquiring an exotic pet to find out as much as possible about the animal’s needs and whether they’re a realistic pet.

'Unexploded device' found to be a gas cylinder

Police put up a 200 metre cordon around Tide Field Rd off Rover Way in Cardiff after reports of an unexploded device being found, but it turned out to be an old gas cylinder.

Tide Field Rd off Rover Way. Credit: Google Street View

Police were called to Tide Field Road at 12.30pm today following reports of an unexploded device being found during construction excavation in the area.

The roads have now reopened.

The device has been confirmed as a gas cylinder and the road has since reopened.

Police extend search for missing Kevin Davies to Swansea

Kevin Davies' van was found in Swansea marina Credit: South Wales Police

Police are carrying out searches in the Swansea area for missing Kevin Davies.

The 52 year old is from Llandysul but has connections to Swansea.

He is described as being between 5’6” to 5’7” tall, of slight build, with medium blonde hair and wears glasses.

He is believed to have been travelling in a white Mercedes Sprinter van with the words ‘Caffe Gioio’ printed on it in large letters.

This vehicle has since been found in the Swansea marina area.

A number of specialist police resources are continuing to carry out searches in and around the River Tawe.

Anyone who has seen Mr Davies or has any information in relation to his whereabouts should call police on 101.

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