AM calls for steps to be taken to improve court safety



Mid and West AM Simon Thomas has written to the Ministry of Justice asking what steps the Westminster government is taking to improve safety following a disturbing incident at Haverfordwest Magistrates Court in Pembrokeshire.

A defendant Lukasz Robert Pawlowski, 33, cut his throat in a courtroom dock as he was due to be sentenced for sexual assault on a shop assistant. 

The press report that he asked to leave the dock to go to the toilet but when he returned to the dock he slashed at his throat and collapsed in the dock. It is understood there were cries in court of: "He's got a knife".

The defendant was treated by ambulance crew and taken to hospital.

Plaid Cymru AM Simon Thomas said:

“I’ve written to the Ministry of Justice regarding the disturbing incident today at Haverfordwest Magistrates Court in Pembrokeshire.

“I find it astonishing that a defendant at a secure court could get access to a potentially lethal weapon. This severe lapse in security could have led to a loss of his life and endangered others in the court.

“There are clear lessons here also for the prevention of terrorism.

“I’ve demanded that steps are taken in response to this incident to ensure safety at Haverfordwest and other courts in Wales and what security improvements will be made.”

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