THE Leader reported on many court cases throughout April; including the supply of drugs, assault and theft.

Here are the criminals jailed during the month.


Holywell sex offender caught out by decoy children during sexual chats

The Leader:

NAME: Steven Benjamin Jones

AGE: 37

CRIME: 16 counts of sexual offences – namely that he attempted to communicate with a child in a sexual manner and attempted to have young girls engage in sexual activity.

SENTENCE: Overall prison sentence of four years.

WHAT THE JUDGE SAID: “Your offending is clearly escalating and it's extremely concerning to us."


Twelve jailed for their part in 'sophisticated' Wrexham drugs operation

The Leader:


  • Adrian Brindley, aged 44
  • Ryan Edwards, aged 33
  • Thomas Faulds, aged 25
  • John Griffiths, aged 26
  • Richard Griffiths, aged 42
  • Sion Griffiths, aged 34
  • Dwayne Pritchard, aged 22
  • Jayne Pritchard, aged 45
  • Aled Roberts, aged 24
  • Blake Roberts, aged 35
  • Glyn Edwards, aged 37
  • Stuart Clarke, aged 31

SENTENCE: Almost 50 years collectively

WHAT THE JUDGE SAID: Judge Niclas Parry described the operation as "sophisticated and exceptionally well organised."


"You've got me" - Man told police on A55 before revealing contents of glove box

NAME: Peter Carden

AGE: 38

CRIME: Had in his possession a quantity of cocaine with intent to supply it to another.

SENTENCE: 28 months custody

WHAT THE JUDGE SAID: "You have to understand that when you come from Liverpool into North Wales, you're coming into an area blighted by the harm of class A drugs."


Flintshire man's 90 mile-per-hour police chase 'captured on passenger's phone'

The Leader:

NAME: Ben Peter Randles

AGE: 27

CRIME: Dangerous driving

SENTENCE: Six months sentence to be served in addition to his ongoing jail term.

WHAT THE JUDGE SAID: "You were driving in a highly dangerous manner, at high speed and for some distance."


Court: Wrexham man who had 'medieval' and 'fearsome' weapon has been jailed

The Leader:

NAME: Taran Norman

AGE: 24

CRIME: Possession of an offensive weapon in a public place

SENTENCE: Five month custodial sentence.

WHAT THE JUDGE SAID: “It is almost beyond belief why someone would want to construct this medieval type weapon, let alone carry it on their person in public.”


HMP Berwyn inmate gets extra jail time for 'receiving drugs from visitor'

NAME: Jonathon Ainsworth

AGE: 26

CRIME: Four offences of conveying drugs into HMP Berwyn

SENTENCE: One year and eight months to be served immediately

WHAT THE JUDGE SAID: "You are genuinely remorseful and have taken responsibility for your poor decision making."


Mold factory worker “fixated” with ex-partner jailed after sinister comments

The Leader:

NAME: Shaun Price

AGE: 50

CRIME: Two breaches of restraining order under a suspended sentence

SENTENCE: Jailed for a total of eight months

WHAT THE JUDGE SAID: ”It’s clear from the messages on Facebook you still have an extremely unhealthy interest in your former partner.”


Bagillt man who had knife during road rage incident is jailed

The Leader:

NAME: Dayle Owens

AGE: 30

SENTENCE: Eight months in custody

WHAT THE JUDGE SAID: “You can’t go around with a knife on the off chance that you might see the cause to use it."


Deeside man jailed for taking purse from elderly woman who collapsed in street

The Leader:

NAME: Robert Bryn Williams

AGE: 55

CRIME: Two offences of theft from shops, as well as the theft of a purse and fraud by false representation

SENTENCE: 14 months custody

WHAT THE JUDGE SAID: "You have shown a complete lack of any moral compass. Such behaviour beggars belief."


Mold man jailed after cutting victim to the bone in machete attack

The Leader:

NAME: Jan Stephan Wynne

AGE: 35

CRIME: Wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm

SENTENCE: Eight years and two months custody

WHAT THE JUDGE SAID: “You armed yourself with a fearsome weapon and plainly swing it more than once. These are very nasty injuries."


Jail for Ponciau man who 'attacked delivery man' with dog lead

The Leader:

NAME: Nathan Robert Edwards

AGE: 30

CRIME: Criminal damage and assault

SENTENCE: 26 weeks custody

WHAT THE JUDGE SAID: “Monday was the first time pubs had been open in Wales and you drank more than was good for you."


HMP Berwyn inmate gets extra time for picking up 'ketamine tennis ball'

NAME: Daniel Young

AGE: 31

CRIME: Possession of ketamine with the intent to supply it to another

SENTENCE: Four months custody