A man has appeared at crown court to admit an affray at Ystradgynlais in November last year.

Daniel Joseph Smith, 23, of Heol Nant, Church Village, Pontypridd denied possessing an offensive weapon and using the weapon – a shovel – to threaten another individual – Anthony Thomas - in such a way that there was an immediate risk of serious physical harm.

The offence was alleged to have taken place at Llys Frederick Jones, Ystradgynlais on November 3 last year.

Smith, however, admitted the offence of affray on the same date.

The Crown said that, on reviewing the footage, this plea was acceptable due to the item used and how it was used.

Anthony Thomas, 53, of Llys Frederick Jones, Ystradgynlais, has already pleaded guilty to threatening with an offensive weapon.


He appeared at Merthyr Tydfil Magistrates Court on February 17 to admit that on November 3 at Llys Frederick Jones, Ystradgynlais, he was in possession of an offensive weapon – a meat cleaver – and used it in such a way that there was an immediate risk of physical harm against Daniel Smith.

Judge Her Honour Catherine Richards ordered a pre-sentence report on Smith. She was told one was in the process of being complied on Thomas.

The judge said she was concerned about Smith’s previous convictions and asked if there was an issue with drugs due to the way he had presented himself at court today, Friday, March 17.

His defence solicitor said that yes there was and that ‘emotions were running high’ as Smith was due for police interview about another matter later in the day.


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Judge Richards adjourned sentencing for both defendants until April 17. She added a residence condition to Smith’s bail and a condition that he cooperate with the probation service.

“I do so due to your presentation today and your involvement with police on other matters,” she said.