1. ITV Report

Defence begin case

Angelika Dries-Jenkins was found dead at her home last June Photo: ITV News Wales

The man accused of murdering a west Wales pensioner in her own home has told a court he last saw her two weeks before her murder.

55 year-old John William Mason from Llandissilio is giving evidence in his murder trial at Swansea Crown Court.

Mason is accused of torturing 66 year-old Angelika Dries-Jenkins for her bank card pin number and then killing her in a brutal attack at her home in Narberth in June last year.

It's also alleged that Mason withdrew over a thousand pounds from Angelika Dries-Jenkins bank account to pay for a wedding he had planned with his fiancé.

Today the jury heard how Mason's mother lived next door to Angelika-Dries Jenkins. They also heard how Mason would visit his mother "every other day"

In court Defence lawyer Christopher Clee QC asked Mason how well he knew Ms Dries-Jenkins. Mason told the Jury that he didn't know her "all that well"

Mason, giving evidence this afternoon, told the court how he had talked with Angelika Dries-Jenkins "two to two and a half weeks" before her death from his mothers front garden.

He then went on to describe how he was invited into Angelika Dries-Jenkins home to view a photo of horses but then didn't speak to or see her after that.

Asked by Christopher Clee QC if he killed Angelika Dries-Jenkins, stealing her bank card and car, John Mason replied "No, I did not"

Mason denies murder and robbery and the case continues.

More on this story