If you’re a criminal who is unlucky enough to have your misdemeanour caught on camera then the likelihood is you will see a replay of your transgression in court.
Whether it’s CCTV, police body-worn footage, or dashcam clips there is an range of video evidence obtainable to prosecutors in the modern age and it’s harder then ever for those who break the law to avoid detection.
Here’s a rundown of the most shocking videos played in Welsh courts this year.
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This defendant was Tasered by police after being repeatedly warned to put down his knife.
Lewis Williams shot with a stun gun by an officer from the firearms unit who were called to an address in Newport on October 19, 2019.
The 25-year-old had threatened to “charge” at PC Norchevelli outside his address in Church Crescent, Bassaleg, but was told numerous times he would be Tasered if he did not put down the weapon.
A sentencing hearing at Cardiff Crown Court was played footage from a body-worn camera by prosecutor Paul Hewitt, which was later shared by the Crown Prosecution Service.
The defendant later pleaded guilty to public disorder and was sentenced to an 18-month community order in August.
See the clip:
Drink-driver Dominik Jablonicky killed a cyclist after hitting him head-on and sending him flying into the air.
The 27-year-old then left Matthew Brimble, 37, in the road and fled the scene.
Jablonicky had been drinking vodka at a house party before driving his Audi A3 car at speed in Newport city centre and hitting Mr Brimble in a fatal collision on March 31.
He failed to stop following the devastating crash and carried on driving at speed as the victim lay dying in the middle of the road. Jablonicky later returned to the scene and lied to an officer, pretending to be a concerned friend of the victim. He failed to tell them he had caused the crash.
Mr Brimble, father of a daughter and son, was taken to hospital but died hours later as a consequence of the harsh injuries he suffered.
The defendant was sentenced to six years imprisonment, at Newport Crown Court in November and was disqualified from driving for nine years.
CCTV caught evidence moments before the crash:
Calum Reape, 21, punched a man out cold causing serious head injuries.
He launched the unprovoked attack outside a Bridgend town centre taxi office on August 9 2020, but has no explanation as to why.
His victim was left unconscious on the pavement and suffered a fractured skull, bleeding on the brain, hearing loss, and harsh vertigo.
Reape pleaded guilty to inflicting GBH with intent but claimed he had drunk “an awful lot” of alcohol.
He was sentenced to 24 months imprisonment at Cardiff Crown Court in March.
The sickening attack was caught on camera:
Gareth Hurst, 36, reached speeds of more than 100mph in a police chase while a child was sat in the passenger seat.
The dangerous driver tried to evade capture by the police who became suspicious when he turned his car around and drove off at speed upon seeing them.
The chase took place on February 20, 2020, between Newport and Bridgend as Hurst drove onto the A48. He ultimately pulled over and got out of the means and during his arrest he told the officer he had become nervous as he had no insurance.
Upon his arrest an officer noticed a child was in the front seat of the car and appeared to be distressed.
Hurst was sentenced to six months imprisonment at Cardiff Crown Court and was disqualified from driving for three years.
Dashcam captured some of the chase:
Wanted man Shane Thomas was removed from his house by armed police using stun grenades, chainsaws, and Tasers.
Officers managed to cut and smash their way into the character before climbing the stairs and forcing entry to the room where he was, restraining the speculate and releasing four terrified teenagers locked inside.
The defendant had been on the run for more than two months after carrying out two unprovoked attacks on customers in a pub where he exposed himself to two women and assaulted a man.
Officers went to Thomas’ dad’s house in Main Street in Fishguard, Pembrokeshire, on November 14, 2020, and found the defendant had barricaded himself inside with his father and four teenagers – using a settee, fridge, and cooker to block the front door.
Just after 10pm officers managed to smash their way by the front door and force entry to the house then climbed the stairs towards the bedroom. The officers managed to cut their way into the upstairs room using chainsaws, discharging two sound and smoke “distraction devices” as they did so. When Thomas was seen to move towards the teenagers in the bedroom he was Tasered and sprayed with Pava spray and restrained.
He was sentenced to 27 months imprisonment at Swansea Crown Court in January.
The emotional incident was caught on body-worn camera:
Ram-raider Alexander Griffiths used a stolen van to smash his way into a jewellery shop before leading police on a 100mph chase which ended with him begin Tasered in a field.
Griffiiths, 38, was at the wheel of a Ford Transit which was used to smash by the security shutters at the Pandora jewellers in Carmarthen town centre shortly before 6am.
The van was used to reverse into the front of the Lammas Street premises allowing Griffiths’ accomplice access to the window displays. Jewellery worth £2,500 was snatched before the van drove off. The cost of repairing the damage caused to the front of the shop was £40,000.
He was pursued from the shop by a member of the public who saw the incident before officers took over the chase. After abandoning the van having left the M4 at junction 46 for Llangyfelach the defendant ran into fields and was Tasered by armed officers.
The defendant was sentenced to four years imprisonment at Swansea Crown Court in May.
Watch the clip that was played in court:
Luke Jennings was one of five people seen fighting in Aberystwyth town centre and was “bold” a man armed with a knife to stab him.
The 25-year-old was involved in an incident on July 17, 2020, when a fight broke out in North Parade.
During the incident Jennings was threatened by another man who was carrying a “large carving knife” and “foolishly” began approaching him in an aggressive way and “kicking out” on several occasions.
The court heard that the man holding the knife began “waving” it around and Jennings had to be “dragged” away from the scene by a friend.
The defendant pleaded guilty to affray and was sentenced to 16 weeks imprisonment suspended for 12 months at Swansea Crown Court in February.
See the fight:
Keith Jenkins started a cupboard fire in the block of flats where he lived in an attempt to take his own life.
The 53-year-old deliberately started the blaze at his home in Aberkenfig, Bridgend, on December 18, 2020, causing the flats to be evacuated.
He called the emergency sets and gave them a deadline of 10 minutes before lighting the fire as he demanded to see his doctors or to be admitted to hospital.
When officers arrived at the flat Jenkins had locked his door and refused to open it but after the door was forced the fire could be seen flickering and smoke was billowing out.
The estimated damage caused to the flats was £82,468.
Jenkins pleaded guilty to arson being reckless as to whether life was abundant and was sentenced to three years and four months imprisonment at Cardiff Crown Court in April.
This clip captured the incident:
Daniel Smith, Dylan Kellaway and Aaron Meeking
Three young men set a fire in a commercial unit which triggered a gas explosion and huge fire.
At the height of the incident a team of around 50 firefighters battled to control the blaze and stop it from spreading to nearby businesses and homes. The fire gutted the uninsured premises and left the owner with a bill for almost £73,000.
Swansea Crown Court heard that on the late afternoon of October 24, 2018, a 999 call was made to report a fire at the former Citytax premises in the Mount Pleasant area of Swansea. The call was made by a man called Daniel Smith.
It would later transpire that Smith, 22, along with friends Dylan Kellaway, 19, and Aaron Meeking, 22, were the ones responsible for starting the fire.
Smith and Meeking was sentenced to 12 months imprisonmenrt suspended for two years, and Kellaway was sentenced to a two-year community order, at Swansea Crown Court in March.
This video shows both the start of the fire and the shocking extent of the blaze:
Tyrone Lagan and Wayne Rogers
Drunk thugs Tyrone Lagan and Wayne Rogers carried out a vicious and unprovoked assault on a man in the street.
The defendants, who have a history of violent offending, punched and kicked their victim as he went for a morning walk on one of Swansea’s main roads. The assaulted lasted for around 12 minutes with Lagan returning to the scene a number of times to rain more blows down on the injured and dazed man.
The attack took place on July 10 when Stephen Jones laughed at a comment made by a member of Lagan’s group as he urinated against a shuttered shop in St Helen’s Road.
He was then set upon by Lagan, 26, and Rogers, 38, who took him to the floor and began punching and kicking him. Rogers delivered a back-heeled kick to the man’s confront as he stepped over him. Lagan later returned and delivered more punches.
Lagan was sentenced to 20 months imprisonment and Rogers was sentenced to 16 months imprisonment, at Swansea Crown Court in August.
CCTV evidence showed the brutal violence:
Burglar Gareth Williams became involved in a police chase in a stolen car which saw him driving at speed down the wrong side of a dual carriageway.
The 43-year-old broke into a family’s home in Cardiff on October 3, 2020, after climbing by a kitchen window which had been left open.
He then stole a number of electrical items including laptops, iPads, and mobile phones before stealing the homeowner’s Volkswagen Polo parked outside.
After the burglary was reported to police they traced Williams to the A470 near Pontypridd but when approached by police vehicles he sped off, drove onto the opposite side of the carriageway, and drove by a locked gate on Treforest Industrial Estate.
Williams was jailed for four years at Cardiff Crown Court in March and was disqualified from driving for two years upon his release from prison.
See the police chase:
Unlicensed driver Alan Daniels led police on a hair-raising high-speed chase by residential roads and was found to be almost 10 times over the cocaine driving limit.
The 43-year-old has more than 100 past convictions on his record including 17 for driving while disqualified.
A estimate described his driving on the day in question as “appalling” and said due to his level of intoxication he “should not have been responsible for a hoop and stick, never mind a car”.
Swansea Crown Court heard that on the morning of August 6, 2020, an off-duty police officer in Port Talbot reported concerns about the manner in which a silver Ford Fiesta was being pushed.
The defendant sped off and did a loop around the town centre before taking the A48 out of Port Talbot before racing by residential streets in Baglan. At the end of Old Road he went the wrong way around the Briton Ferry roundabout
Daniels then went over the Briton Ferry bridge and tried to join the westbound M4 but the Fiesta suddenly lost strength and began to slow down whereupon the driver appeared to deliberately crash into the near-side barriers on the slip road.
He was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment and banned from driving for three years.
This police dashcam footage was played in court:
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