Man appears in court charged with River Taff murder

28-year-old Gareth Wyn Jones has appeared in court charged with murdering David Alun Lewis. Mr Lewis's body was found partially submerged in the River Taff on 19th March.

Man appears in court charged with River Taff murder

David Alun Lewis's body was found in the River Taff on 19th March Credit: South Wales Police/Family Photo

A man has appeared before magistrates charged with murdering a 45-year-old man whose body was found in the River Taff.

Gareth Wyn Jones, 28, who had been living at a homeless shelter in Cardiff, appeared at Cardiff Magistrates Court this morning accused of murdering David Alun Lewis.

The body of Mr Lewis, from Ystrad Mynach, was discovered in the River Taff in Grangetown last Wednesday evening.

Jones was remanded in custody to appear at Cardiff Crown Court at a later date.

Police renew appeal for witnesses after murder charge

Police have renewed their appeal for witnesses to come forward, after a 28 year-old man was charged with the murder of David Alun Lewis.

Mr Lewis' body was discovered partially submerged in the River Taff in Cardiff on Wednesday night.

He was last seen on CCTV at approximately 7.45pm on Wednesday walking along Penarth Road near the Big Yellow Storage opposite the BMW garage, wearing light blue jeans, a navy anorak style jacket, and a light coloured baseball cap with the wording ‘cross hatch’.

I would like to thank those people who have come forward with information which has greatly assisted our investigation.

While an individual has now been charged and remains in custody, we are still very much appealing for witnesses.

We would like to speak to anyone who may have been in the vicinity of the bridge on Penarth Road and the Taff Embankment between 7.30pm and 8.30pm on Wednesday, March 19.

I would also urge anyone who may have seen any activity, suspicious behaviour or an altercation on the river bank between these times to please contact the incident room at Cardiff Central Police Station.

– Detective Superintendent Paul Hurley, South Wales Police

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Parents of David Alun Lewis pay tribute to dead son

Police say David Alun Lewis lived with his parents in Ystrad Mynach, but would sometimes visit Cardiff and stay at the Huggard Centre.

His parents have paid tribute to him:

This is so sad. We love David so much and our lives will never be the same again.

We can’t believe such a thing has happened to our son.

– Hetty and Glyndwr Lewis

The last known sighting of Mr Lewis was around 7.45pm on Wednesday walking along Penarth Road near the Big Yellow Storage opposite a BMW garage.

Police are still appealing for witnesses, and say they want to speak to anyone who was near the Taff Embankment between 7.45pm and 11.45pm on Wednesday.

More: Dead man named as David Alun Lewis

Grangetown murder probe: Dead man named as David Alun Lewis

A 28-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the discovery of a man's body partly submerged in the River Taff in Grangetown, Cardiff.

The dead man has been named as David Alun Lewis, 45, from Ystrad Mynach.

David Alun Lewis has been described as "a good, decent man"

Police were alerted by an anonymous call made just before midnight on Wednesday from a phone kiosk on Clare Road, Grangetown.

A post mortem examination is continuing to find the cause of Mr Lewis' death.

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'Suspicious' find of man's body in Grangetown, Cardiff

Police are investigating the 'suspicious' death of a man whose body was found, partially submerged, in the River Taff in Cardiff.

They were alerted after an anonymous call from a phone box in Grangetown. They say he may have suffered a head injury.

In a separate incident a man has died after a fire in a bungalow in the Glenfields area of Caerphilly.

It broke out shortly after 7 last night.

The man was taken to hospital where he later died. An investigation is underway.