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Grandmother tried to ‘fight off’ grandson as he smothered her

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BETTY GUY tried to fight off her grandson as he smothered her with a pillow, a jury heard this morning (Jan 11).

Barry Rogers stopped for a while to drink a glass of whiskey but returned and again placed the pillow over her face.

This time ‘she passed away’, said Sandra Adams, a former partner of Rogers.

Rogers, aged 33, of High Street, Fishguard, and his mother, Penelope John, 50, of Maes Dre, Union Terrace, St Dogmaels, are on trial at Swansea Crown Court accused of murdering 84 year old Mrs Guy at her home in Hillcroft, Johnston, in the early hours of November 7, 2011.

The prosecution claim they had decided ‘it was time for her to go’. John is accused of feeding her tablets and whiskey and Rogers of ‘finishing her off’ with the pillow.

They have pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Miss Adams today told the jury about what Rogers had told her of Mrs Guy’s death.

She said she had attended Barn Street junior school along with Rogers but lost touch after they were to different secondary schools.

In late 2014 he suddenly ‘poked’ her on Facebook and they began to exchange messages. They met in person on January 3, 2015, and about three weeks later became boyfriend and girlfriend.

Miss Adams said they wanted a relationship based on ‘no secrets, no lies’ and confided in each other.

Rogers, she said, told her he had killed someone but she was not shocked at first because she knew he had been in the Army.

But he told her it had been his grandmother.

Miss Adams said Rogers told her that late on November 6 John had telephoned him and and told him ‘it was time and he had to say his goodbyes’.

“He said he drove to Johnston. They gave her her medication and waited for it to kick in. Then he placed a pillow over her face and smothered her.

“The grandmother was fighting back and he stopped. He had a glass of whiskey and went back to her a second time and placed the pillow over her face.

“She passed away then.

“There was just himself and Penny in the room.

“After she had passed he had another glass of whiskey and one of them called for the police or an ambulance.”

Miss Adams said Rogers told her that a police officer noticed bruising around Mrs Guy’s mouth but that a doctor had said the marks were consistent with the illness that she had.

Miss Adams said Rogers repeated the story several times over the following months.

She said Rogers had told her the funeral had been ‘rushed’. Rogers and John had wanted her body cremated but other siblings wanted her to be buried next to her husband.

A postmortem was not carried out and Mrs Guy’s body was cremated at Narberth only four days after her death.

Miss Adams triggered the murder investigation when she went to police in November 2015, and told officers what Rogers had said to her.

Cross examined by Rogers’ barrister, Christopher Henley, Miss Adams agreed she had told police she considered Rogers to be a compulsive liar and an attention seeker.

The trial continues.

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Milford Haven: Three residents win in Postcode Lottery

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THREE people in Milford Haven got a lovely surprise this morning (Jan 22) after waking up to the good news that their bank accounts will be boosted by £1,000 each, all thanks to their lucky postcode.

The Roebuck Close neighbours landed the lolly when SA73 1AS was announced as a Daily Prize winner with People’s Postcode Lottery.

People’s Postcode Lottery ambassador Judie McCourt sent her congratulations and said: “What a terrific Tuesday for our players in Milford Haven who have picked up a prize today! I hope they treat themselves to something special with the windfall.”

A minimum of 32% of ticket sales goes directly to charities and players of People’s Postcode Lottery have raised £382 million to date for 5,500 good causes across Great Britain and internationally.

Many good causes local to the winners have benefitted from the money raised, and the next opportunity to apply for funding will be on the 6th of February.

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Two men arrested following discovery of illegal slaughterhouse

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TWO men were arrested on Monday (Jan 21) after a multi-agency response to an illegal slaughterhouse in west Wales.

Police say that live animals were found living amongst carcasses.

As the investigation is ongoing, police have refused to comment where exactly the site of the illegal slaughterhouse was discovered.

Warning: Shocking image below.

A spokesperson for Dyfed-Powys Police’s Rural Crime Team said: “Rural Crime team attended a call with multi-agencies to a report of an illegal slaughterhouse in West Wales.

“Live animals found amongst carcasses.

“Two males were arrested and enquiries are ongoing.

“At this early stage of the investigation we are not prepared to release further information.”

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Llangwm: Solicitor jailed for six years for £1m fraud

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A PEMBROKESHIRE solicitor who overcharged clients by almost £1m has been jailed this week for six years.

Edgar Stephen Thomas, aged 58, charged one client at the rate of £20,000 a week without doing any work at all.

Another was charged at £12,000 a week and went on to lose a total of £100,000.

Thomas, of Stephen’s Green, Deerland Road, Llangwm, admitted 23 offences of fraud and theft, which stopped only when his firm of Steve Thomas and Co was closed down by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority.

Jim Davis, prosecuting, told Swansea Crown Court that Thomas got away with the frauds by deducting monies from the estates of deceased people without telling the beneficiaries.

“He grossly overcharged and then deducted the payments directly from the estates of deceased people,” he said.

“He helped himself without telling them what he was doing.”

The overcharging began in 2005 when he was asked to handle the estate of Richard James Rogers. He charged the estate £41,800 plus VAT but internal documents showed that as the work decreased his bills increased.

Thomas agreed overcharging that estate by £12,000.

Thomas went on to plunder many more accounts.

The most outrageous example, said Mr Davies, related to the estate of Audrey Williams, who died in 2013.

Thomas charged £127,250 plus VAT, sometimes raising–but not posting–two invoices a day. He agreed he had overcharged by £100,000.

Mr Davis said Thomas’ offending did not stop there. His firm was hired by Vaughan’s Radio, an electrical store in Haverfordwest, to handle the purchase of a business in Aberystwyth.

Thomas simply kept for himself £50,000 of the purchase price.

Mr Davis said Thomas had worked for Eaton Evans in Haverfordwest, rising to becoming a partner, before leaving to form his own firm in 2005.

His accounts had to be audited and as a result the SRA were alerted to fears that he was overcharging.

A detailed forensic examination of his accounts was carried out and the fears were confirmed, along with the discovery of a shortfall in his client’s accounts of £144,326.

There was then an administrative error at the SRA and the initial report was not acted upon until June 2014, when a second financial investigation revealed more fraud and he was later struck off.

In February 2015 Thomas was declared bankrupt.

Mr Davis said the SRA had reimbursed those who had lost because of Thomas’ fraudulent behaviour, but there remained the question of costs and whether he could be made to repay any of the money. An investigation under the Proceeds of Crime Act is underway.

Thomas’ barrister, Ian Ibrahim, said his client was now broke and all the money had gone on keeping his business afloat.

“His fall from a high place has been dramatic. His remorse is complete and utterly without qualification.

“He has lost everything and knows that he will go to jail today.”

Judge Keith Thomas said those who worked in the legal profession had to demonstrate the highest level of integrity because the public put trust in them, sometimes at the most stressful times of their life.

“Your victims have described your behaviour as disgusting and despicable.

“You were struck off in 2016 and have had to wait a long time for the process to be complete, but that is partly because you were not willing to admit the extent of your offending,” he added.

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