A FIFTH person has pleaded guilty to affray following a violent incident outside Aberystwyth railway station.

Robert Thomas, 42, appeared at Swansea Crown Court on Friday, August 18 charged with affray dating back to May 13 last year.

His barrister, Ashanti-Jade Walton, said Thomas’ guilty plea was limited to his conduct which had been caught on CCTV.

Thomas had been due to stand trial on September 6, after four of his co-defendants had already pleaded guilty, and one was found not guilty.

However, prosecutor James Hartson said that trial date could now be vacated.

Thomas, whose given address to the court is HMP Parc Prison, is currently serving a five-and-a-half year sentence for an unrelated matter.

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A Llandysul man, 36-year-old Jamie Langridge, had admitted his involvement in the incident a week previous to Thomas.

Ian Ibrahim, for Langridge, said: “He admits he punched the individual (Joseph Govier) while they were both on the ground.

“He didn’t know the individual had been rendered unconscious.”

Mr Ibrahim said that as Langridge, of Lincoln Street in Llandysul, punched Govier, another person “came from the side” and kicked Govier in the head, knocking him out.

Prosecutor James Hartson said this basis of plea was accepted.

No evidence was presented against Joseph Govier, 30, of Beechley Drive in Pentrebane, Cardiff, as he was knocked out “very quickly” in the clash. He was found not guilty.

Jo Lewis, 40, of Pwllhobi Terrace in Llanbadarn Fawr, and Lee Lawton, 46, of Corporation Street in Aberystwyth, have both previously admitted a charge of affray, while Lloyd Govier, 27, of Coed-y-Gores in Llanedeyrn, Cardiff, pleaded guilty to two offences of affray.

An application was made for Lloyd Govier, who was already in prison for an unrelated offence, to be sentenced separately so he could find out whether he would remain in prison long enough to complete a catering course.

He was jailed in July for eight months.

Judge Paul Thomas ordered Langridge, Thomas, Lewis and Lawton were to be sentenced “in the next few weeks”.