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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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Ethiopian sailor absconds from ship docked at Valero

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A SEARCH is underway for an Ethiopian sailor who has failed to return to his vessel after taking shore leave from a ship berthed in Pembrokeshire.

The male, who is understood to be a cadet in his twenties, was a crew member on the Perseus-N; a chemical products ship.

He failed to return to the ship on Tuesday night after 9pm (Aug 20).

The Liberian tanker has already left Milford Haven without the missing member of crew.

The Herald understands that the missing man was with a group of other sailors from the ship in the Milford Haven Marina leisure facilities.

The group then headed to Tesco in Milford Haven, where all went in to the store except the missing sailor who slipped away, according to CCTV which was checked by police.

Border Force have been contacted for a comment in relation to the incident.

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Former Chequers nightclub to reopen

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AN APPLICATION for a new premises licence for the former Chequers night club succeeded at a meeting of Pembrokeshire County Council’s Licensing sub-committee on Thursday (Aug 22).

The former nightclub closed its doors for the last time in 2003, when it ran as a private members’ club, having had an application for a full on-licence rejected.

After failing in an attempt to close the club on that occasion, Pembrokeshire County Council became the only local authority in Wales to classify mobile homes as permanent residences in an effort to shut down the club once and for all.

The new applicant, Mrs Carmen Clemas applied for a new premises licence in respect of the club, which will be renamed the Queen of Clubs.

The Committee heard objections to the licence from local residents and heard representations from both the Police and Fire Service which pointed out that the building would need significant remedial works to it before it could re-open.

While Penally Community Council objected on the basis of events and problems at the premises almost twenty years ago, neither the Police nor Fire Service had an objection to the Club’s re-opening in principle.

Both emergency services emphasised that, even though they had no objections, they had concerns that had to be addressed.

The Committee granted the application, refusing permission for licensable activities at the Club on Sundays, apart from Sundays before Bank Holidays, and imposing strict noise control measures.

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St Davids RNLI to feature in new series of a popular TV documentary

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THE volunteer lifeboat crew of St Davids RNLI will be taking to the small screen next week as they will feature twice in the first episode of the BBC TV series Saving Lives at Sea.

Now in its fourth season the documentary series, which showcases the lifesaving work of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), will be aired on BBC Two on Tuesdays at 8 pm, as well as being available on the BBC iPlayer following the broadcast. The new 10-part series features real rescues carried out by the charity’s volunteer lifeboat crews and lifeguards around the UK and Ireland – including St Davids RNLI.

Each programme gives a unique insight into the lives and work of the charity’s lifesavers who are needed more than ever before, rescuing thousands of people and saving hundreds of lives around our coastline and on inland waterways every year. The new series features more dramatic real-life rescue footage, accompanied by emotive testimonials from the volunteer crews, lifeguards and the people they rescue and their families.

This forthcoming episode, on 27 August, sees St Davids RNLI launch to a crashed plane in one shout, and tow a yacht stranded in a shipping lane in another. These shouts are shown alongside rescue stories from their colleagues at other stations and beaches around our coasts.

Judd Kohler, Station Mechanic at St Davids Lifeboat Station, said: “The first episode of Saving Lives at Sea shows two very different shouts that St Davids RNLI responded to. The programme is a great chance for RNLI supporters to catch a glimpse of the work that their kind donations go towards. We want to say a huge thank you to supporters of the RNLI, who help us to save lives at sea.”

Filming took place over the past year, with lifeboat crews and lifeguards carrying special cameras and welcoming film-makers into their day-to-day life. Rescues from the RNLI’s archives are also revisited, and we get a glimpse into the everyday lives of the thousands of men and women who give up their time to save lives.

Last year alone, RNLI lifeboat crews around the UK and Ireland rescued 9,412 people, saving 211 lives, while the charity’s lifeguards aided 32,207 people and saved 118 lives on some of the UK’s busiest beaches.

Saving Lives at Sea begins on Tuesday 27 August at 8 pm on BBC Two, and will continue throughout August, September and October.

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