A jury has heard from the defence for the first time today in the trial of a man accused of murdering a west Wales pensioner.Read the full story ›
The defence of a man accused of murdering a Pembrokeshire grandmother is to begin at Swansea Crown Court this afternoon.Read the full story ›
A jury in the trail of John Mason, accused of killing a West Wales grandmother in her own home, has heard how a jumper worn by Mason had the blood of his alleged victim on it.
66 year-old Angelika Dries-Jenkins was found dead on her dinning room floor at her Narberth home in June last year.
This afternoon, the court heard evidence from forensic scientist Martin Whittaker.
Mr Whittaker told the jury that he carried out a forensic study on a jumper that was allegedly worn by John Mason during the attack on Angelika Dries-Jenkins.
Giving evidence Mr Whittaker said he found blood and DNA belonging to both Angelika Dries-Jenkins and John Mason on the jumper.
The court was told that the chances of the blood and DNA belonging to anyone other than John Mason and Angelika Dries-Jenkins were "one in a billion."
The prosecution claim that Mason discarded the jumper in a car park bin in Haverfordwest shortly after the pensioners murder.
Earlier today the court had heard how Angelika Dries-Jenkins was killed by 10 or more blows to the head with a blunt object.
Pathologist Dr Derek James told the court how Ms Dries-Jenkins suffered a number of skull fractures caused by the use of "substantial force."
55 year old John Mason, from Llandissillio, is accused of torturing Angelika Dries-Jenkins for her bank car pin number before brutally murdering her. He is also accused of withdrawing close to a thousand pounds from his alleged victims bank account to fund a wedding he had planned with his fiancé
Mason denies murder and robbery and the case at Swansea Crown Court continues.
A court has heard how a West Wales grandmother died after suffering severe head injuries during a brutal attack.
Angelika Dries-Jenkins, 66, was killed at her Narberth home in June last year.
The jury heard pathologist Dr Derek James described how Mrs Dries-Jenkins sustained a number of fractures to her skull resulting from multiple blows with a blunt object.
55 year-old John Mason, from Llandissillio, is accused of her murder and then stealing her bank card to fund a wedding he had planned with his fiancé.
Prosecution barrister Patrick Harrington QC asked Dr James to give his indication to the jury of the number of blows suffered by Angelika Dries-Jenkins and the force used.
Dr James told the jury "substantial force has been used for skull fractures of this sort. At least 10 blows and possibly significantly more"
The court were then told that Angelika Dries-Jenkins suffered fractures to her index fingers in her hands, described by Dr James as "defence injuries"
Mason denies murder and robbery. The case continues.
The jury in the trial of the man accused of murdering a Pembrokeshire grandmother will visit Haverfordwest today.
They will be shown the car park where defendant John William Mason, 55, is alleged to have abandoned Angelika Dries-Jenkins car after killing her at her home in June 2011.
Jurors will also visit shops relevant to the case, including a Coral bookmakers and a branch of Shoezone.
In the trial, which began on Monday, the prosecution claims that John William Mason tortured and killed Mrs Dries-Jenkins for her PIN number.
He denies murder.
The trial of a man accused of murdering a grandmother from Pembrokeshire has got underway at Swansea Crown Court.Read the full story ›
The jury in the trial of the man accused of killing Angelika Dries-Jenkins has been told that defendant John William Mason tortured and killed her after posing as a council workman.
Prosectutors claim that Mason, 55, tortured Mrs Dries-Jenkins, 66, to death to force her to hand over her bank card pin number.
Swansea Crown Court heard that on the day of her murder and on following days Mason used Mrs Dries-Jenkins' card to take money from her bank account, in order to pay for his upcoming wedding.
He denies all charges.
A man has gone on trial at Swansea Crown Court accused of killing a 66 year old grandmother at her home.
Angelika Dries-Jenkins was found dead by her daughter on 3rd June 2011, two days before her 67th birthday. She had suffered severe head injuries.
54-year-old John William Mason, from Pembrokeshire, denies murder.