Pwllheli man jailed for machete attack

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A man has been jailed for eighteen months after he attacked another man with a machete at a block of flats.

Ben Evans admitted wounding Ronald Simmons during a confrontation outside the Bro Cynan flats in Pwllheli in March. The assault led to a three-hour search involving armed police.

A judge at Caernarfon Crown Court told Evans (23) he would face longer jail sentences if he continued to offend.

The prosecution said Evans had exchanged words with Mr Simmons and challenged him to a fight.

He was waving a bladed weapon above his head as the victim reapproached the defendant, who attacked him in the left wrist. Mr Simmons needed nine stitches for his injury.

Evans fled the scene before police arrived – he was later found hiding underneath a bed in the flats. The weapon was never found despite a search lasting more than three hours.

The defence claimed the attack would not have happened if Mr Simmons didn’t approach Evans aggressively.

Evans had accepted a prison sentence was inevitable but argued it could be shortened because of the guilty pleas and the acceptance that Evans did not conceal his weapon.

Sentencing him, Judge Huw Rees said Evans posed a ”significant risk” to other people – and he faced ”longer and longer sentences” if he committed further offences.

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