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Grandmother was ‘finished off’ by mother and son



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.


Funeral of Kiara Moore to take place on her birthday



Jet Moore: With his daughter, Kiara

THE FUNERAL of Kiara Moore, the two-year-old who tragically died in the River Teifi in Cardigan on Monday (Mar 19), will take place on Tuesday (Mar 27).

The date would have been her third birthday.

Announcing the funeral on Facebook, her father, Jet Moore, said: “Kiara’s funeral and party will be held on the 27th March.

“Myself, Kim and family would like to invite you all to either the funeral and party for her happy life and birthday! (or just be have a thought for her on this day and make some one happy).”

“Please bring kids if you can! We are keeping it a happy celebration.”

The funeral will take place at Parc Gwyn Crematorium in Narberth, then the Fostrasell Arms in Llandysul.

Jet went on to say that the family want to set up a trust in Kiara’s name to ‘support people who are sad (metal health) and the outdoor environment’.

He added: “So please do not buy flowers but donate money to this and we will make happy experiences for 100s and 1000s I hope!”

Dyfed-Powys Police have said that enquiries are ongoing into the incident, and have warned online ‘trolls’ to be aware of what they post.

A spokesperson said: “Enquiries are continuing to fully understand the circumstances surrounding this tragic incident.

“Examination of the vehicle will form part of these enquiries.

“We can also confirm that the vehicle had not been stolen.

“We are aware of potentially malicious comments relating to the incident on social media. These are being reviewed and action may be taken where appropriate.”

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Audit Committee will not make police response public



MEMBERS of the Audit Committee have given an undertaking not to disclose a letter from Dyfed-Powys Police relating to the Commercial Property Grants Scheme in Pembroke Dock.

The Committee met today (Mar 23), where it discussed the response from Dyfed-Powys Police after they agreed to write to them, complaining about the delay in the investigation.

At their previous meeting in January, the committee also resolved to ask a member of the police force to attend the next meeting to give an update.

Detective Super Intendent Shane Williams attended the meeting and asked members not to disclose the letter to the wider public as it may prejudice the criminal proceedings or the right to a fair trial.

However the Council’s Head of Legal Services, Mrs Claire Incledon, told the committee that, in her opinion, the letter was in the public domain and that they would not be able to withhold the letter should an FOI request be made.

Members of the committee resolved that they would not make the letter available to the wider public.

DSI Shane Williams told the committee of a number of interviews that had taken place and said: “Fraud is sometimes complex and does take some time. I am not saying that 25 months is acceptable.”

He went on to say that a meeting was held with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in November 2017 when they asked for further work to be done.

DSI Williams said that the work was nearing completion and that another meeting would be arranged ‘sooner rather than later’ to discuss whether or not to press charges.

He added: “The investigation has taken longer than anticipated but we will be putting some impetus behind this. This is a CPS decision but it is public money and there has been an indication dishonesty or fraud and there should be prosecution.”

Cllr Jacob Williams referred to the letter on several occasions which states that WEFO are the victims in this case but DSI Williams added that Pembrokeshire County Council were also the victims.

When pressed for a response as to why only WEFO were included as victims, DSI Williams said: “From the initial complaint WEFO were the victim but we became aware that that PCC were paying back grant money and therefore had a claim as the victim.”

Audit Committee chairman Tony Baron said it was his impression that they were weeks away from a conclusion and that they should take a view that the letter should not be published until that time.

Chief Executive Ian Westley said it was an ‘option’ for members as there might not be a robust legal defence if they were asked to circulate the letter and they refused.

Cllr Cris Tomos moved that a vote be taken on keeping the letter private but members indicated they would not be prepared to take such a vote.

The Committee resolved to thank DSI Williams for attending and gave an undertaking that they would not make the letter public.

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Milford Haven: Police appealing for information after window smashed



POLICE are appealing for information after a glass window was smashed at a Milford Haven property.

On Tuesday (Mar 20) at approximately 7:30pm, an object was thrown at the front ground floor window at a property on Priory Road, Milford Haven, causing the outer glass panel to smash.

Police say a large number of youths were seen in the area when the incident occurred.

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson said: “Anyone with information is asked to contact Milford Haven police station via 101.”

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