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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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Tenby: Suspected groomer netted by paedophile hunters PH Balance

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A SUSPECTED child sex offender has been arrested in Tenby this weekend in a sting operatition set up by a peadophile hunter group called PH Balance.

The group, according to media reports, aims to catch predators on social media and in chat rooms before conducting stings and then handing evidence to the police.

A post on the group’s Facebook page has received a lot of local attention and includes a photograph of the suspect being detained by officers at Tenby railway station on Sunday (Jul 22)

A spokesman from PH Balance calling himself Taz posted: “Today the west team deployed to Tenby under the leadership to capture a ‘creature’ who had been talking to a 14-year-old girl and arranged to meet her at midday.

“The team caught him and called the police who responded rapidly and made an arrest.

“Two in two days for the PH family, and a busy summer holidays looks [to be] on the horizon.

“Well done PH Balance West.”

Dyfed-Powys Police have been contacted by The Herald for a comment.

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Keep Calm and Carry On at Carew Castle’s murder mystery events

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WOULD-BE detectives will be given the chance to catch a killer at Carew Castle on 27 and 28 July during two Second World War-themed murder mystery evenings packed with drama and intrigue.

Don’t Panic by Harvey’s Players is set in 1943 Carew, where a murder rocks the sleepy village as it gears up for the annual flower and produce show. It will be down to you to help the home guard track down the culprit and put them behind bars.

Carew Castle Manager, Daisy Hughes said: “If you’re a fan of detective dramas, 1940s fashion and good food, then join us in the Castle’s cosy Lesser Hall, where we’ll keep the home fires burning while the investigation ensues.

“Fancy dress is optional but with the cast donning authentic uniforms loaned from Carew Control Tower and a prize for the best Vera Lynn lookalike, there’s all the more reason to delve into your wartime wardrobe for afternoon dresses, hats and military outfit to fully immerse yourself in this 1940s experience.”

Tickets are £20 for adults and £18 for children (not suitable for under 12s). Doors will open at 7pm with the event starting at 7.30pm on both nights. Ticket price includes buffet. A bar will be available all evening.

To book your tickets call Carew Castle on 01646 651782 or more information visit www.carewcastle.com.

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Milford Haven: Two more arrested in Mount Estate drugs raids

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ARMED officers from Dyfed-Powys Police have carried out further drugs warrants in the Elm Lane and Willow End area of the Mount Estate in Milford Haven this week.

As a result of the raids, which took place on the morning  Friday  July 20, a quantity of drugs were seized and two males were arrested.

One male remains in custody and one has been released under investigation.

A police spokesperson told The Herald that an investigation into the matter is ongoing.

The spokesperson added: “Anyone with information on drug use is asked to report to police by calling 101, or anonymously contact Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555111.”

Police at the Mount Estate, Milford Haven on July 20, 2018 (Pic: Herald)

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