A GROUP of young men accused of terrifying partygoers with threats of violence have entered pleas.
Ten defendants, all aged between 18 and 22, appeared at Shrewsbury Crown Court to face charges of violent disorder at a house party they allegedly gatecrashed in Maesbrook on December 14 last year.
Richard Rogers, of Bronwylfa Road, Welshpool; Hew Jones of Orchard Green, Llanymynech; Stafford Jones of Llanidloes Road, Newtown, and Sam Williams and Huw Jones, both of Gungrog Hill, Welshpool, denied the charge which claimed they used or threatened unlawful violence causing fear for personal safety.
But Frankie Jones, of Marche Lane, Halfway House, Shrewsbury; Ryan Griffiths, of Croft Road, Welshpool; Thomas Herbert, of Parc Caradog, Trewern, Welshpool; Joshua Parry, of Gungrog Road, Welshpool and Ashley Pedrini of High Street, Welshpool, pleaded guilty.
Rogers also denied dangerous driving of a Renault Clio on the B4398 and having an offensive weapon, namely a wooden axe handle, in Maesbrook on the same date.
All 10 men were granted bail, with the condition they do not contact any of the prosecution witnesses, until the trial date, which is yet to be confirmed, for those who pleaded not guilty, and the date of sentence for those who admitted the crime.
But defence barrister Adrian Roberts, representing Herbert, appealed to Judge Peter Barrie to remand his client in custody immediately at the request of the 21-year-old, who believed a prison sentence was inevitable and wanted to begin it as soon as possible.
Prosecutor Joanne Barker admitted it was not the usual protocol for the prosecution to push for a defendant’s freedom, but said: “He is a 21-year-old with no previous convictions and I am concerned that he may be languishing in custody for some time.”
Judge Barrie questioned whether Herbert understood he risked spending longer in custody waiting for the trial than he would potentially be handed as a sentence.
But after reassurance from Mr Roberts that he did, Herbert was remanded in custody but told he could ask for this to be amended at any time.
Mr Roberts called his attitude “refreshing” and said: “He’s had the courage to plead guilty and I would ask you to allow him to start his sentence now.”
Defendants and family members applauded his attitude by cheering and clapping as he was taken down to the cells.