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Mother and son jailed for life with 11 year minimum term

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BARRY ROGERS and Penny John have been jailed for life for the murder of Betty Guy.

Each must serve a minimum of 11 years before being allowed to apply for parole.

Mrs Guy ‘loved life’ and ‘loved a little giggle’, her daughter Lorraine Matthews has said in a victim impact statement.

The statement read by Jim Davis, for the prosecution, at Swansea Crown Court, said: “We grieved once after her death and now we have to go through a different kind of grief.”

Ms Matthews said she was ‘shocked that a member of my own family is capable of committing such a despicable act on an old lady’.

She added: “My mother was in no way ill enough to warrant a mercy (killing).

“I had spoken to her doctor some months before and was reassured of her health… I find it difficult to come to terms with the fact that her life ended before it should have naturally.”

Christopher Henley, QC, for Barry Rogers, said the ‘only way of explaining what happened is as a mercy killing’.

He said Rogers loved Mrs Guy ‘deeply and truly’.

“There’s no direct evidence of this but there appears to be a solid basis to believe that Betty Guy was a participant in discussions about what happened,” he added.

Mr Henley urged the court to act with ‘a degree of compassion’.

Sentencing Rogers and John, Mr Justice Lewis said they committed the murder ‘on a belief, a misguided belief, held by each of you that the murder was an act of mercy’.

He said: “Mrs Guy was not terminally ill.

“She did not have any form of cancer. Mrs Guy had mobility problems but she was not bed-bound.

“She was in pain and had been prescribed a painkiller but there’s no evidence at all to suggest that Mrs Guy was suffering unbearable pain.

“You did not therefore kill Mrs Guy because she had, or you believed she had, a terminal illness.

“Again this was not a case where Mrs Guy was suffering or you believed she was suffering in unbearable pain and you wanted to bring that pain to an end… you believed Mrs Guy was old and ill and wanted to die and you believed that you should end her life.

Mr Justice Lewis said Rogers and John had both agreed to end the life of Mrs Guy.

He said: “You each had your role to play.

“You, Ms John, decided that the time had come to kill your mother.

“You arranged for your son to come and carry out the killing, you gave your mother drugs, intending to sedate her.

“You, Barry Rogers, were the one to place the pillow over Mrs Guy’s face and to suffocate her.”

Mr Justice Lewis said Mrs Guy was a ‘cheerful, lively and well-liked person’.

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Pembroke: Attacker who laughed while raping his victim jailed

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A LAUGHING rapist from Pembroke who urinated on his victim has been jailed for 12 years.

Michael McNamara, aged 32, hit the teenager and knocked her onto a bed before ripping off her jogging bottoms and knickers.

“He raped her… while laughing at her,” said John Hipkin, prosecuting, “and in a final degradation he urinated over her.”

Shortly afterwards she told friends what had happened but did not want to go to the police.

McNamara had been due to go on trial at Swansea Crown Court accused of a number of offences.

But at the last moment he admitted raping the girl and also sexually assaulting a second woman years later.

McNamara lived in the Pembroke area at the time but since June, 2017, has been on no fixed address because he has been in prison awaiting trial.

Mr Hipkin said the second attack was on a woman who had passed out after taking the horse tranquilliser ketamine.

She woke on a bed to find she was naked and that McNamara, also naked, was lying on top of her.

She managed to push him away.

McNamara’s barrister, Frank Phillips, said he had abused drugs over a number of years.

Judge Paul Thomas said it was significant that both victims had been much younger than McNamara and that he appeared to want to taunt and belittle them.

And he noted that he had been fined and cautioned when he was younger for exposure and indecent assault.

Judge Thomas warned McNamara that he was on his way to being defined by a court as a dangerous offender as defined by law.

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New hedgerows introduced at Bluestone to help wildlife

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NEWLY connected hedgerows will provide better pathways for wildlife across Bluestone National Park Resort.

It comes after Bluestone teamed up with Keep Wales Tidy as part of the Long Forest project.

The project was developed by the environmental charity in partnership with the Woodland Trust, with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.

The idea is to plant 100,000 trees and improve around 120,000m of hedgerow across Wales.

Although Bluestone has planted over 37,000 trees in the last 10 years, the Long Forest project identified an area where it could better connect and improve and extend its hedgerows.

Planting 500 plants containing a mix of Hawthorn, Hazel, Field Maple, Crab Apple, Holly and Dog Rose over a 100 metre gap will connect up roughly 1500 metres of hedgerow from Black Pool Farm all the way up to Bluestone’s Arrivals Centre.

Bluestone Sustainability Manager Ged Davies, said: “I’m grateful to the help from Keep Wales Tidy. Hedgerows are not just important habitats in their own rights, supporting birds, mammals and insects, but also help wildlife move across the resort. The mix of plants will provide a range of flowers,  berries and shelter as they grow.”

Mari Williams from Keep Wales Tidy said: “The wildlife corridors that have been created will help local bat colonies which use the hedges for navigation, foraging and protection from predators. They also create habitat opportunities for important wildlife species.”

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Welsh Secretary emphasises importance of City Deal to Pembrokeshire’s future

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Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns: Meeting with Port of Milford Haven's CEO Alec Don and Wavetricity's CEO Simon Gillett

WELSH SECRETARY Alun Cairns has visited some of Pembrokeshire’s leading marine renewable tech firms to underline his support for the sector and highlight the importance of the UK Government’s City Deal to future economic growth in the region.

The Secretary of State was joined by Alec Don, Chief Executive of the Port of Milford Haven which is leading the £76m Pembroke Dock Marine project.

The project was successful in its bid for the UK Government’s City Deal funding as it seeks to create a world-leading centre for the development and testing of wave and tidal energy devices here in Pembrokeshire.

The development will also extend beyond renewables creating facilities that have application for multiple blue economy industries.

Mr Cairns caught up with the progress of Marine Power System’s WaveSub and Bombora’s mWave, just two of the innovative devices being developed in Pembrokeshire which are hoped to generate clean, low cost electricity.

Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns said: “The UK Government’s Swansea Bay Region City Deal investment offers Pembrokeshire the chance to make a large, once in a generation investment in its own economic future. As one of the UK’s leading energy ports the Milford Haven Waterway already boasts excellent infrastructure and an outstanding supply chain, with talented companies serving domestic and international clients in shipbuilding, oil and gas.

“We want this region to be in the best position possible to compete with other port-centred regions across Europe, and to be a destination of choice for the fast-growing marine renewable energy industry. The City Deal funding, alongside investment from the Port of Milford Haven and others will play a vital role in helping to attract that industry to Welsh shores.

“Pembrokeshire is undoubtedly a wonderful place to live. Through the City Deal, the UK Government wants to make sure there are more opportunities for school leavers to benefit from local career opportunities, and to work in rewarding, skilled industries. The marine renewables industry clearly has the potential to provide those jobs of the future.”

Chief Executive of the Port of Milford Haven, Alec Don said: “We are grateful for the support of the UK Government in this project. Pembroke Dock Marine has the potential to fundamentally reshape Pembrokeshire’s future, and public funding is a critical part of achieving our united goals.”

“Combined with private investment, City Deal Funding will be a rare boost in a region that is heavily reliant on so few, typically seasonal, industries as well as the nationally important fuel industry. We believe the City Deal will help create new opportunities that will secure existing jobs and create new rewarding employment for the people of Pembrokeshire.”

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