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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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Broad Haven South welcomes Sky’s Britannia film crew

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FILM CREWS for Sky Atlantic have been recreating Roman Britain on Broad Haven South, for the next series of the hit show ‘Britannia’.

Gareth Davies of Hidden Pembrokeshire Photography took pictures of the set being raised over the weekend, with their Facebook page saying: “Film set is under construction on Broad Haven South Beach. Awesome to see that Pembrokeshire will feature in the second season of ‘Britannia’.

“The Roman Village on Broad Haven South Beach is really starting to take shape, looking forward to seeing the cast arrive in full costume, it should be quite a sight.”

Britannia is a British-American historical fantasy series co-produced by Sky and Amazon Prime Video, starring Kelly Reilly, David Morrissey, Zoë Wanamaker, Liana Cornell and Stanley Weber. It is written by Jez Butterworth, the award-winning playwright and director.

The first series aired on Sky Atlantic in the UK, and was a fictionalised and stylised take on the Roman invasion of Britain in 43AD, as the General Aulus Plautius led four legions against the Celtic tribes of the isles.

The filming of series 1 of ‘Britannia’ was split between the Czech Republic and Wales, with locations such as Rhossili Bay in the Gower, Nash Point outside of Cardiff, and Henrhyd Falls, Llyn y Fan Fach and Cwm Porth of the Brecon Beacons National Park featuring.


This is not the first time the Pembrokeshire coast has been used by film crews, be it television or movies. Freshwater West saw the construction of Shell Cottage from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, as well as the battle scenes featured in Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood. Battles were also filmed at Marloes Sands for Snow White and the Huntsman in 2012.

Last year, St Catherine’s Island in Tenby was depicted as the prison ‘Sherrinford’ for the series 4 finale of the BBC’s Sherlock.

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New fitness instructor proving to be ‘an inspiration’

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Tina Mathias (centre): Teaching an aerobics class at County Hall as part of Mental Health Week

A NEWLY qualified fitness instructor is proving an inspiration to her class.

Pembrokeshire County Council employee Tina Mathias took her first indoor cycling and aerobics sessions recently and few of her students would have realised it capped a meteoric transformation in her life.

Gone is the unfit and overweight woman who could barely muster the energy to exercise; today, Tina is a dynamic and motivating lady with a fabulous story to tell.

Indoor cycling, or spinning as it is more widely known is one of the most popular exercise classes throughout Pembrokeshire’s seven leisure centres but Tina’s first experience of it wasn’t quite as pleasurable as it is now.

It lasted ten seconds before she walked out vowing to go back when she was fit enough to do so.

Before: Tina before her weight loss journey

When she returned twelve months later, the instructor didn’t recognise her. Tina was half the woman she was having overcome health scares and heartbreak to lose 12 stone.

“I spent most of my life overweight and gained more weight after my father died,” she said.

“I was comfort eating; drinking upwards of three bottles of wine a night.

“I put on a stone over the weekend of my mother’s birthday celebrations. It was getting out of hand.

“That was it. I felt awful and was ready to change my life.”

After a very frank and honest talk with a very close friend, who basically told Tina she needed to sort her life out, she then, three days later started her healthy lifestyle and she was on her path.

A self-confessed ‘all or nothing type of person’ Tina met the challenge head-on.

She cut out alcohol, limited her calorie intake, began an exercise regime and the weight soon fell off. Nothing could hold her back, not even an illness that left her housebound for six months unable to exercise

“Physically it was quite tough but mentally it wasn’t,” Tina added.

“I returned to the gym after my illness in 2012 and gradually increased what I was doing”.

“I started spin classes and loved it straight away. Then I tried other things such as circuits, weight training and with the encouragement of Jane Richards at Fishguard Leisure centre, I tried their Go-Tri triathlon series”.

“I haven’t looked back since.”

Despite trying numerous activities Tina enjoyed spin classes and weight training the most.

From going to spin once or twice a week, it soon increased to six and became apparent she had what it takes to become an instructor.

“I spoke with the instructors who encouraged me to go for it. I had to attend a few training sessions before undertaking an exam.

“I was the only one taking it that didn’t work in a gym but I obviously did enough to pass. In fact, the examiner, who was six months pregnant, enjoyed my session so much she wanted to join in!

“Hearing that was a huge confidence booster, to know that I could do it and do it well.

“I just can’t wait to teach more classes now.”

Pembrokeshire County Council Leisure Services Officer Gary Nicholas believes Tina is an inspiration.

“Health and wellbeing, whilst can be challenging, should be about fun and enjoyment and I have little doubt that Tina will play a key role over the years to come,” he said.

“Tina’s journey has been truly phenomenal and it fully demonstrates what can be achieved if you put your mind to something.

“Tina is the type of role model that we value at Pembrokeshire Leisure and we hope that she will be able to inspire others as she joins our team of dedicated instructors.”

Tina’s tip for weight loss:

  • Do it for you and nobody else
  • Always focus on the end goal
  • Write a note of what you eat. Losing weight is 80% nutrition and 20% exercise
  • Don’t be afraid. No-one will judge you in the gym because we’re all in it for the same reason
  • Enjoy it.
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Consultation on Public Rights of Way plan launched

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A JOINT public consultation between Pembrokeshire County Council and the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority has been launched to review the Public Rights of Way Improvement plan.

The statutory plan is under review to ensure the Authorities continue to identify, plan and prioritise improvements to their path networks effectively.

“Public Rights of Way play an important role in Pembrokeshire,” said Cabinet Member for Planning and Infrastructure Councillor Phil Baker.

“They connect rural and urban areas and we maintain routes totalling around 2,350km in the county.

“The consultation provides an opportunity for members of the public, Community Councils and other groups to present their views on how the rights of way network in Pembrokeshire should be managed over the next ten years and I would urge them to have their say,” he added.

Members of the public can read the consultation document and give their views on the proposals by going online at www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/haveyoursay or by requesting a copy of the consultation document from the Council’s Contact Centre on 01437 764551

The deadline for comments is Friday, August 3.

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