These six defendants were recently sentenced to prison for crimes including injury, drug trafficking, arson and burglary.
We review their cases.
Timothy O’Sullivan attacked his victim with a hammer in Newport town center after they argued over £10 he owed the plaintiff.
“The guy should be shot,” he said after the shocking assault.
The defendant added: “He should be slowly beaten to death.”
O’Sullivan, 41, of Commercial Street, Newport, pleaded guilty to wounding and possession of an offensive weapon and was jailed for 19 months.
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A drug dealer was supplying multi-kilogram quantities of amphetamine as well as non-prescription Xanax and Valium tablets to dealers below him in the chain.
Dale Pearce, 37, from Pontypool, was told by a judge that he had been involved in dealing in ‘dangerous drugs capable of causing death’.
The defendant admitted to being involved in the supply of amphetamines, a class B drug.
He also pleaded guilty to being involved in supplying the anxiolytic drug Xanax and the tranquilizer Valium, both Class C drugs.
Pearce was imprisoned for 30 months.
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A dealer in Gwent Valleys was buying high-purity cocaine from suppliers in Liverpool before reselling it to a drug dealer in Cardiff.
Damien Winnett, 28, adulterated coke and turned it into crack to increase his profits.
The defendant, of Blaen Blodau Street, Newbridge, was involved in the buying and selling of at least £30,000 of Class A drugs.
Winnett, who pleaded guilty to supplying the Class A drug over an 18-month period, was jailed for four years and eight months.
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A man robbed a former close friend and set fire to his garden shed after they argued when the accused kicked his pet dog.
Matthew Benjamin, 39, from Monmouthshire, was jailed in December 2019 for killing his Staffordshire bull terrier called Diesel in a ‘cowardly and vicious’ attack.
He was sent to prison for 22 months for his latest offenses after pleading guilty to arson, burglary, criminal damage, drunk driving and driving disqualified.
A teenage ‘creepy burglar’ raided a family’s house as they slept upstairs to steal because he owed money to drug dealers.
Rhys Jones, 19, broke into a house in Rhymney to raise money to pay off traffickers after believing he was a victim of County Lines.
He was sent to a juvenile facility for 16 months.
Young dad Ryan Wheeler was caught delivering heroin and crack cocaine on his bike in the Bettws area of Newport.
The 24-year-old ‘foolishly’ turned to drug dealing in order to pay off a £700 bet, Cardiff Crown Court heard.
Wheeler, of Oliphant Circle, Malpas, Newport, pleaded guilty to possession of heroin with intent to supply and possession of crack cocaine with intent to supply and was jailed for 27 months.