Bangor man jumped bail and fled to Spain, court hears


Staff reporter (NW Chronicle)

A BANGOR man who jumped bail on the last day of his trial had spent the weekend in Spain, a judge was told.

Leighton Gibbs, aged 26, who should have been in Caernarfon crown court last Friday (May 16), was arrested in the arrivals hall at East Midlands airport on Monday.

His barrister Dafydd Roberts said Gibbs offered no explanation or excuse when he reappeared in court yesterday (Wednesday, May 21).

In his absence the jury had found Gibbs, of Tan-y-Bryn, guilty of putting his ex-partner in fear of violence.

He’d sent threatening and abusive e-mails to her from – and even suggested in evidence that she could have sent them to herself.

Gibbs swore that they didn’t originate from his own computer or Iphone, one of which contained a threat to burst open the door and break her jaw in nine places.

He is now starting an 18-months sentence imposed by Judge Merfyn Hughes QC – twelve for threatening violence, two for failing to turn up in court, and four as part of a previous suspended sentence, imposed in September 2012 for assault and dangerous driving.

A seven year restraining order bans him from contacting his former partner except through solicitors.

His lawyer said he continued to maintain his innocence, though accepting the verdict of the jury.

Judge Hughes described his behaviour towards his ex-partner as inexcusable, and added Gibbs had offered no explanation or motive for not turning up in court on Friday.

Judge Hughes added: “I regret to say I must come to the conclusion your absence was a deliberate, unsuccessful attempt to disrupt the trial,”


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