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‘David Morris murdered our family’: Rare statement from Clydach murders’ family members

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The family of Mandy Power, her daughters Katie and Emily, and Doris Dawson who were brutally murdered over 20 years ago have issued a rare public statement.

The family are appealing for an end to speculation over the conviction of David ‘Dai’ Morris following the killer’s death in prison.

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Mandy Power, her two daughters Emily and Katie, along with her mother Doris Dawson were all savagely beaten at their home on Kelvin Road in Clydach, with the property then set on fire.

Despite continuing to protest his innocence, Morris was twice convicted of the multiple killings, with new forensic evidence on a bloody sock found at the crime scene also linking him to the killings.

Morris died in prison in August this year.

The Dawson family are now reasserting that the right man was convicted of the killings, and are calling on those continuing to dispute this to accept Morris committed the crimes.

In the statement the Dawson family said: “In June 1999 our much loved Mam, Sister Mandy and our nieces Katie and Emily were cruelly taken from us in the most horrific way anyone could ever imagine. The person responsible for these horrific crimes was David George Morris.

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“The loss and grief our family went through and continue to go through is heart-breaking and affects so many aspects of lives. No family should ever go through what we have and still do.

“It hasn’t been helped by the constant campaigns, protests, incorrect media reports, make-believe books and TV programmes that have mislead some of the public into believing Morris is innocent. These have blatantly ignored proven facts and replaced them with misinformation to hide the truth.

“During their investigation, police found a chain at the scene of the murders in Mandy’s home, which was worn by the killer. Morris swore on his children’s lives that the chain was not his. Weeks before the first trial, the police found paint between the links of the chain which forensically matched the paint on Morris’s kitchen units/worktops and it was only then that Morris admitted that the chain was his. It was then that Morris made up his alibi for being at Mandy’s that morning.”

The statement added: “Morris’s claim that he was having an affair with Mandy was the foundation of his alibi but this was totally untrue, he was not having an affair with Mandy and was not with her that Friday morning. Phone records and witness statements given in court proved beyond doubt that Morris was not in Mandy’s home that morning. This totally destroyed Morris’s alibi and hence his explanation as to how his chain was found at the murder scene.

“On 28th June 2002, Morris was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison.

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“Morris then won an appeal based on a conflict of interest only, no new evidence being presented at this hearing.

“The re-trial took place at Newport Crown Court. During this time, we again had to look at Morris and listen to lie after lie. Again, Morris was found guilty. Sitting through both trials and having to listen to what our family went through that night was heart-breaking beyond belief.

“In October last year, a BBC documentary was aired in which Morris’s family and supporters called for an independent review and further forensic testing of various items, including the sock which was found at the scene and which had clearly been used by the killer. Also, this programme contained misleading information which has fuelled further irrelevant questions by the public, an example of which is the statement that Mandy’s body was taken to the bathroom and washed. This is utter nonsense and never happened.

“Scientific testing has come a long way in the last 22 years and on October 18th the police confirmed there was scientific evidence of David Morris on the sock; sadly Morris’s family and supporters are refusing to accept these latest findings done by an independent forensic laboratory, which is what they called for!

“We now feel that it is time that they accept that Morris murdered our family and finally let them rest in peace.”

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Local Amazon distribution centre gives a grand donation to a Swansea school

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A Swansea primary school has received a £1,000 donation from the Amazon fulfilment centre in Swansea Bay.

Craigfelen Primary School in Clydach plans to use the donation to enhance their outdoor area for learners.

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Omer Kartal, Site Leader at Amazon in Swansea, said: “At Amazon, we are passionate supporters of schools and pupils in our community. We’re pleased to support Craigfelen Primary School with this donation.”

Craigfelen Primary School will use the donation to improve their outdoor area

Craigfelen Primary School was nominated for support by Ryan Arnold, who works as an engineer at the Swansea fulfilment centre. Ryan’s wife is a teacher at the school.

He added: “Craigfelen Primary is a fantastic school, deserving of endless thanks for the support and guidance it provides to pupils. It’s great that Amazon has been able to make this donation and I know it will be warmly welcomed by everyone at Craigfelen Primary School.”

Mrs Alison Williams MBE, Headteacher at Craigfelen Primary School, added: “We want to thank Omer and the Amazon team in Swansea for this donation. As a school community, we are dedicated to supporting our pupils to succeed through education whilst ensuring they are proud of their community. This donation will be a great support to us.”

The donation to Craigfelen Primary School was made as part of Amazon’s programme to support the communities in and around its operating locations across the UK.

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Man charged with attempted murder after Clydach assault

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Detectives investigating the serious assault of a man in Clydach on Saturday 12 March have charged 37 year-old Daniel Harrison with attempted murder.

He has been remanded into police custody and will appear at Swansea Magistrates Court later today (17 March).

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Temporary Detective Chief Inspector Gareth Jones from South Wales Police said: “We know this incident caused some concern within the local and wider community. I would like to reassure people that we have the suspect in custody and we are not looking for anybody else.”

The victim of the assault remains in a stable but critical condition in hospital.

(Lead image: South Wales Police)

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Funding secures additional 49 life-saving defibrillators for Swansea communities

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An additional 49 easily accessible life-saving defibrillators are being installed at retail locations in communities right across Swansea in the coming months.

Swansea Council is working with the charity Heartbeat Trust UK to increase public access to this vital equipment and to become the UK’s first ‘defib-friendly’ city.

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The Council has agreed more than £60,000 in grant funding that will enable the Charity to place and insure defibrillators in locations that have 24-hour access in all 36 council wards.

These will include additional machines in retail locations in the city centre, high streets in communities including Morriston, Clydach, Gorseinon, Pontarddulais and Sketty and outside community shops or pubs in more rural locations such as Gower.

Swansea Council Leader Rob Stewart said: “This equipment can easily mean the difference between life and death when someone suffers from a medical emergency such as a heart attack and we want to ensure all our residents have as much support as possible.

“There has been an increase in number of accessible defibrillators in Swansea in recent years and the Council will continue to play it’s part in growing the coverage”

Deputy Leader Andrea Lewis, who has driven the initiative, added: “Heartbeat Trust UK is already doing a fantastic job working with our communities in Swansea.

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“This grant will ensure we can get these machines installed all across the city and help save lives. Our ambition is to be Britain’s first defib-friendly city where no-one is far from a defibrillator.

“I’m confident residents in all our communities will welcome this additional support as part of our partnership with Heartbeat Trust UK.”

It is anticipated that all 49 additional machines will be in place within the next few months.

Henry Gilbert, Chair of Heartbeat Trust UK, said: “We are proud to be partnering with Swansea Council to make this city ‘defib-friendly’ in terms of the strategic placement of defibrillators in all communities, generating greater awareness of their locations and providing CPR / Defibrillator training.

“Out of hospital cardiac arrests is one the top causes of death in the UK. The timely intervention of CPR and defibrillation can improve the survival rate from less than 3% to as much as 75%. This initiative will definitely save lives in Swansea.”

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(Lead image: Wikimedia / Tanja-Denise Schantz)

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