Defendant ‘slashes throat’ in dock

A court had to close after a defendant cut his throat in the dock.

Jan 13, 2017

A court had to close after a defendant cut his throat in the dock.

Lukasz Robert Pawlowski was awaiting sentencing at Haverfordwest Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (January 11) when he slashed at his neck with a blade.

The 33-year-old had pleaded guilty to sexual assault after he grabbed a shop assistant and kissed her before walking off.

Dyfed-Powys Police said Pawlowski was treated at the scene by paramedics. He was then taken to Morriston Hospital in Swansea by air ambulance, and the extent of his injuries are unknown.

It is unknown how Pawlowski obtained the weapon, as the court has security scanners and guards posted at both entrances.

The event was witnessed by a Western Telegraph reporter who said: “He came into the dock, then asked to go to the toilet.

“He went out, came back, muttered something then started slashing at his throat.”

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson said: “The court has been closed in order for inquiries to take place.

“Police are not looking to speak to anyone else in connection with this incident at this time.”

An HM Courts and Tribunal spokesman said: “There were no injuries to staff or other court users. There is a police investigation so it would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage.”

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