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Accused held in custody as fire hits Felinfoel home

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: January 04, 2013

Swansea Crown Court

A CLUBBER who has denied glassing a pregnant woman — but admitted to pulling her hair — found out her house had been gutted by fire while in custody.

Leah Owens, of Maes Golau, Felinfoel, is on trial at Swansea Crown Court accused of actual bodily harm on Rebecca Gasser, who is five months pregnant.

The court previously heard that Ms Gasser had seen Owens, 29, dancing "seductively" with her boyfriend and confronted her in Bailey's nightclub, Llanelli, on August 7, 2011.

Witnesses said Owens then pulled Ms Gasser's hair and hit her with a bottle.

She was taken to Prince Phillip Hospital, where she was treated for a cut to the back of her head.

PC Elinor Evans had been on patrol with PC Roger Webb when they received a call at 1.25am to attend the club, where, following inquiries, she arrested Owens at 1.30am.

She told the court she was unaware of any fancy dress handcuffs being worn by Owens at the time, which the defence claims could have caused Ms Gasser's injury.

But she said they were later discovered in the defendant's handbag at Ammanford Police Station.

It was also revealed that at 10am on August 7, Owens was told there had been a fire at her home.

Owens told the court how she had been "enjoying" herself in the club, and had pulled her dress down to reveal a pink bra, which "looked like a bikini", because of the beach theme in the club.

She then began dancing with a man she didn't know, before she saw a girl coming towards her "flapping and yelling".

"This girl walked towards me shouting and screaming," said Owens.

"I grabbed her by the hair, because I thought she was going to hit me, then she grabbed my hair and it was split up within seconds."

Patrick Griffiths, prosecuting, questioned why Owens hadn't apologised and walked away, to which she replied: "I couldn't have said sorry, she was going mental."

The jury is expected to retire to consider its verdict today.

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