A court has head how a man accused of killing a west Wales pensioner, then robbing her of £1,000, went on a spending spree in the days after her death. 55-year-old John Mason, from Llandissilio, is accused of the brutal murder of 66-year-old Angelika Dries-Jenkins at her home in Narberth in June last year.
The prosecution also claim that he forced her to hand over her bank card pin number to help pay for a wedding he had planned with his fiancé. The jury at Swansea Crown Court was told how Mason received £130 in benefits every fortnight, but in the days following Ms Dries-Jenkins death Mason spent around £250.
Giving evidence Mason denied he was the man who withdrew money from the pensioners bank account at cash points in Haverfordwest and Witland.
Mason also told the court how he was in his mothers greenhouse the morning it's alleged Ms Dries-Jenkins was murdered. Earlier the court had heard how Ms Dries-Jenkins had lived next door to John Mason's mother. When asked by prosecution barrister Patrick Harrington QC if he saw or heard anything that day Mason replied "No, nothing at all"
Mr Harrington also put it to Mason that he was not prepared to face up to the truth and that he was not man enough to own up to murdering Angelika Dries-Jenkins. Mason replied "I did not do it"
John Mason denies murder and robbery and the case will continue this afternoon.