Defendant blames buses for failure to appear

Poor public transport links prevented a Llandysul man making a court appearance, magistrates were told last week.

Gareth Wyn Lloyd, aged 26, of Deri Park, Pontweli, was due to appear at Aberystwyth Justice Centre on Wednesday.

He was to face charges of possessing a lock knife in a public place on Old Pencader road without good reason on November 10, and assaulting a police officer in Lampeter on the same date.

When Lloyd failed to appear for the court hearing, David Williams, defending, said he had received a call from Llandysul police station, informing him that Lloyd had gone there that morning and told officers there was no public transport to get him to Aberystwyth on time.

He added that there had been recent disruption to bus services in that area, and asked for the case to be adjourned and listed to be heard in Carmarthen or Llanelli, which have better public transport links to Llandysul.

He said: “At least he had the good sense to go to the police station and explain.”

Jackie Lis, prosecuting, told the court she would not be seeking a warrant for Lloyd this time.

Magistrates agreed to transfer the case to Carmarthen magistrates court on January 23, and Lloyd’s unconditional bail was renewed.

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