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Mother and son guilty: Barry Rogers and Penny John convicted of murder

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BARRY ROGERS and his mother Penny John were convicted this afternoon of murdering 84 year Betty Guy at her home in Johnston.

They were told immediately that at the sentencing hearing on Thursday morning they will receive life sentences.
 
The only question to be decided, said the judge, was the minimum number of years they must spend in jail before being allowed to apply for parole.
 
Rogers, aged 33, held his head in his hands and wept after the jury forewoman announced the unanimous verdicts.
 
John, aged 50, sat stoney faced and showed no emotion.
 
John was remanded in custody until the sentencing hearing. Rogers has been in custody throughout the trial at Swansea crown court.
 
The judge, Mr Justice Lewis, praised the jury for carrying out their duty “magnificently” and described the case as having been emotional and complex.
 
He said he would study sentences passed by other judges for mercy killings before deciding on the minimum terms.
 
He will also listen to pleas of mitigation by the couple’s barristers.
 
Rogers and John killed Mrs Guy–his grandmother and her mother–because she was too old and suffered from ill health.
 
John mixed sedatives–including her own sleeping tablets–with whiskey and gave the mixture to her mother in the early hours of November 7, 2011.
 
That failed to kill her and Rogers, a former soldier, “finished her off” by placing a pillow over her face.
 
At first her death was believed to have been from natural causes and Mrs Guy’s body was cremated at Narberth just four days later.
 
But Rogers could not keep his mouth shut and over the coming years told various women, including his one time wife, that he and his mother had killed her.
 
After they had been arrested detectives devised a clever plan to trap them.
 
Although they were living at different addresses police agreed to grant them bail as long as they both stayed at John’s home in Maes Dre, Union Terrace, St Dogmaels.
 
Officers drove them to the address to make sure they abided by the bail conditions.
 
By then a listening device had been placed in the property–and as soon as they walked through the door they began talking about what they had done.
 
It was five years after they had killed Mrs Guy and neither could remember if they had swapped mobile telephone text messages that the police might be able to retrieve.
 
Rogers became worried his mother was “starting to crack” and urged her to stick to their story that Mrs Guy had died from old age.
 
But the jury saw through it.

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Haverfordwest: HaverHub targeted by vandals

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Trashed: Vandals, believed to be children, have targeted HaverHub

POLICE are investigating after thieves broke into HaverHub community centre and stole alcohol and a net full of plastic ducks.

The first incident occurred on Friday evening (Aug 17) or early Saturday morning (Aug 18) when a side door was smashed in.

Within hours, vandals had returned and went about trashing the place and stole 26 bottles of Prosecco.

In a post on social media, HaverHub said: “The first [incident] saw our side door kicked in, and the second occurred when some opportunistic kids came in through the unsecured door.

“They’ve smashed a window, emptied two fire extinguishers everywhere, helped themselves to our supplies and generally made a big mess. They’ve also stolen 26 bottles of Prosecco, and a net full of plastic ducks from the duck race.”

HaverHub project coordinator and founder Gitti Coats told the Herald: “One of the team came to secure the broken door and make it safe and as he arrived three girls and three boys of about 12-years-old ran from the building with a seventh child locked inside.

“If any parents see their child with cuts from broken glass or with yellow plastic ducks, please get in touch,” she added.

The former Post Office building in Quay Street was taken over by the non-profit social enterprise in August last year aiming to provide a new focal point for the community.

HaverHub has appealed for anyone with information to contact Dyfed-Powys Police directly by calling 101.

A JustGiving page has been set up where donations to support the project can be made: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/haverhub-clear-up and you can find out more on the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/4haverchange

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Woman injured in Castlemartin cliff fall

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A WOMAN suffered injuries after falling when climbing at Linney Head near Castlemartin.

Coastguards were called after the fall near Linney Head at about 4pm last Friday (Aug 17).

Tenby Coastguard Rescue team were paged to assist St Govan Coastguard Rescue team in a rescue operation which lasted two-and-a-half hours.

The area needed to be assessed for a suitable helicopter landing site to enable Coastguard Rescue helicopter 187 to land on site.

The casualty suffered leg injuries and was airlifted from the cliff and flown to Withybush hospital, where she continues to receive further treatment.

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Haverfordwest: Your Health, Your Wealth event returns

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HAVERFORDWEST will be the location for the second Your Health, Your Wealth money advice and wellbeing event to be held in Pembrokeshire on Friday, September 7.

More than a dozen local and national organisations have already signed up to take part in the pop-up advice shop at Unit 5, Riverside Shopping Centre between 10.30am and 1pm.

Attendees will receive the latest information on how to save money, manage changing welfare payments and pick up tips on how to stay fit and well as the winter approaches.

The event will run alongside the first Farmer’s Market of September in the town centre. Everyone attending will receive an official event booklet detailing money saving tips, healthy living ideas and essential contact information for local organisations, and be entered into a prize draw.

Eluned Morgan AM said: “Low unemployment rates don’t necessarily signal a strong economy. The reality is that finances are still tight for thousands of families in Pembrokeshire. Household incomes are under pressure as the cost of living and heating our homes continues to rise.

“That is why setting up this pop up, one-stop advice shop with local organisations who can offer the very best advice on how to live well. The Citizens Advice Bureau, Age Cymru, PAVS Community Connectors, Pembrokeshire Trading Standards, Macmillan Cancer Support, the DPJ Foundation and many others will be there.”

Pembrokeshire people in and out of work who are in receipt of benefits will be able to apply for Universal Credit soon, including self-employed people or those considering self-employment.

The Department of Work and Pensions have also been invited to attend to explain how benefit changes will affect local residents with Universal Credit set to roll out from September 5.

Eluned continued: “For many people, especially those on lower incomes, the changing benefits system and the increasing cost of living is making life much more stressful and that isn’t good for our health. I’ve recently met with Martin Lewis, the money saving expert, who agrees that not enough is being done to help people manage their money, and is concerned about the impact on peoples mental health. This is why I’ve been so keen to organise these events right across the region.”

Eluned Morgan will be holding an advice surgery during the event, where local residents can talk to her about a particular issue in their community or ask a question about the role of the National Assembly for Wales.

A full list of the organisations taking part can be found on Eluned Morgan’s Facebook Page – www.facebook.com/ElunedMorganAM

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