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Grandmother was ‘finished off’ by mother and son

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PENNY JOHN used her own sleeping tablets to try and kill her mother Betty Guy, a jury heard today (Jan 10).

And when that didn’t work her son Barry Rogers ‘finished off his grandmother’ by placing a pillow over her face, it was alleged.
 
A jury at Swansea Crown Court heard that the couple were later secretly tape recorded talking about John crushing tablets of Zopiclone and giving them to her mother in whiskey.

But, said Paul Lewis QC, prosecuting, Mrs Guy had never been prescribed Zopiclone–but John had.
 
The prosecution allege that John, aged 50, of Maes Dre, Union Terrace, St Dogmaels, and Rogers, 33, of High Street, Fishguard, had decided “it was time for 84 year old Mrs Guy to go.”
 
They deny murdering Mrs Guy on November 7, 2011, at her home in Hillcroft, Johnston, near Haverfordwest.
 
Mr Lewis said: “It may well be that she was unwell, elderly and frail. But the law still does not permit the killing of one person by another.
 
“We submit that what the defendants did, and whatever their motivation, was wholly unlawful and each of them is therefore guilty of her murder.”
 
The jury heard today from Mary Collier, a close friend of Ms Guy who lived five minutes walk from her home and who had a key to her two bedroom bungalow.
 
She said she worked two days a week with Mrs Guy in a charity shop in Johnston.
 
Mrs Collier said about 9pm on November 6 she called in on Mrs Guy, a former nurse, and found her ill and in bed.
 
“She said she had had enough and wanted to go. I had never heard her say anything like that before. She was a lovely woman, full of life.”
 
Mrs Collier telephoned John who said she would drive to Johnston immediately and she returned to her own home.
 
In the early hours of the following morning John telephoned her to say Mrs Guy had died.
 
Mrs Collier returned to the house and a police officer was already there.
 
The prosecution claim that after arriving in Johnston, John had telephoned Rogers, who was then living in Frome in Somerset with his partner Rhianne Morris.
 
Miss Morris later told police she heard Rogers say to John: “It’s time, is it?”
 
Rogers then drove to Johnston and, according to the prosecution, he and his mother put into action their plan to end Mrs Guy’s life.
 
Mr Lewis said at first Mrs Guy’s death was put down to natural causes and her body was cremated soon afterwards.
 
But in the following years, he alleged, Rogers made a series of confessions to several people.
 
After their initial arrest they had been granted police bail on the condition that Rogers lived with his mother in St Dogmaels.
 
By then officers had bugged the house and John was tape recorded saying to Rogers, “No..I can’t remember. Did I text you when I said I crushed Diazepam up and I crushed Zopiclone up and I put it in her (indecipherable).”
 
Mr Lewis said the pair had become concerned that they had sent each other text messages which the police might be able to recover.
 
The trial continues.
 

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Man ‘lucky to be alive’ after lorry crash

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THE CHAIR of the Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire Liberal Democrats says that he is lucky to be alive after a freak car accident in Burton last week.

Andrew Lye was driving towards the Cleddau Bridge when his car was hit by lorry’s stabiliser which had come loose and was protruding into the road.

The collision, which happened at 2.45pm on Friday (Dec 7), left Mr Lye’s car written off, and he was badly shaken.

Mr Lye was thankfully not injured.

The police are investigating the crash between his Kia Picanto and a DAF LF lorry.

Mr Lye, who is the former Council Leader in the West Wiltshire District Council, told The Herald: “I consider myself to be lucky to get out of the car in one piece.

“I didn’t see the stabiliser bar as the lorry came towards me and the first I knew of the collision was the sound of my car being torn apart and glass and plastic flying over me.

“I am glad that I wear glasses as this protected my eyes.”

The police have been contacted for a comment.

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Pembroke: School to be closed tomorrow due to ‘major leak’

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Closed: Due to a 'major leak' (pic. Martin Cavaney)

A ‘MAJOR LEAK’ has closed Ysgol Harri Tudor / Henry Tudor School in Pembroke this morning (Dec 13).

The electrical system has been affected by the leak and the classrooms are not usable.

The council have said that the school will remain closed on Friday (Dec 14) as well.

A Pembrokeshire County Council spokesperson said: “Ysgol Harri Tudor / Henry Tudor School in Pembroke is closing this morning (Thursday, 13th December) at 10.30 am because of a major leak in one of the buildings. This affected the electrical system and rendered classrooms unusable.

“All staff and pupils are safe and transport arrangements are in place.

“Please monitor Pembrokeshire County Council’s social media pages for information as to whether the school will be open tomorrow (Friday, 14th December). A decision will be taken later today.”

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Santa dog parade raises money for Greenacres

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FRIARS VAULTS in Haverfordwest hosted a Santa dog parade to raise money for Greenacres Animal Rescue on the weekend.

The event, which took place on Sunday (Dec 9), included a catwalk for dogs, hunt for treats and a raffle.

The total amount raised on the night was £110 with a further £45.50 collected through the donation box.

The winner of the best-dressed Dog was Deb and Steve Bunston with Pip, in second place was Danielle Boswell with Badger and in third place was Caitlin Davies with Denzal.

Greenacres Animal Rescue said on their Facebook page: “A huge thank you to all at Friars vaults Haverfordwest & Jamie Sid Williams for holding the fabulous fancy dress pooch party yesterday.

“A very welcome £158.50 was raised for Greenacres. Thank you all”

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