High Sheriff’s Court Award

High Sheriff Crest LogoThe High Sheriff of Clwyd is delighted to announce that four boys who gave evidence in a murder trial, and were praised by a judge for their courage, have each been awarded a High Sheriff’s Court award of £100. In the trial at Caernarfon Crown Court earlier this year, an Abergele man was found guilty of murder and his partner convicted of the manslaughter of 54-year-old Paul Blackledge who had been felled with a single punch outside a pub. His Honour Judge Merfyn Hughes QC said “There were four young witnesses who were present at the time and saw what had happened. Despite the pressure put on them by both defendants they had the courage to stand up to them by informing the police and making statements as to what had happened on that particular night. “Thereafter they gave evidence and despite being challenged the jury accepted their evidence as truthful and accurate. That experience of these four young boys must have been very unnerving, and they are to be commended for their courage and resilience.” The Awards were made during Mrs. Celia Jenkins’ year in office and featured at the High Sheriff’s Annual Community Service Awards held in Wrexham recently. Over 100 winners and guests at the event heard Assistant Chief Constable Simon Shaw’s powerful speech about the boys experience and the outstanding good-citizenship that each one of them displayed. Former High Sheriff of Clwyd Celia Jenkins said: “Court Awards are not made lightly and it is testament to the courage of these young men that His Honour Judge Merfyn Hughes felt compelled to recognise them. I am delighted to have been able to present the boys with their Awards.”