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Siddiqi case continues

Aamir Siddiqi Credit: ITV News Wales

A jury has heard that one of the men accused of stabbing to death a 17-year-old student in his Cardiff home is said to have visited a shop to ask about buying gloves on the day of the incident.

Aamir Siddiqi, 17, was stabbed on the doorstep of his home in Roath, Cardiff, in April 2010.

Ben Hope and Jason Richards have denied murdering the 17-year-old and attempting to murder his parents.

Today the jury heard a statement from a Cardiff shop owner who claimed the men visited the shop on the day Aamir was stabbed. The statement claimed that one of them bought a reel of tape before asking whether the shop sold gloves.

The trial continues at Swansea Crown Court.

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Murder trial: "a contract killing", court hears

The prosecuting barrister has described the case as a 'contract killing' Credit: ITV News Wales

The trial has begun today of two men accused of murdering teenage boy, Aamir Siddiqi. Ben Hope and Jason Richards have denied murder at Swansea Crown Court.

This morning, prosecuting barrister, Mr Harrington, described the case as a "contract killing".

"They have been recruited for the attack. Tragically the killers went to the wrong house. They made a colossal mistake, a fatal mistake for Aamir." – Prosecuting barrister, Mr Harrington.

Ryder Richardson in court over toddler tree accident

TV presenter Anna Ryder Richardson has appeared appeared in court today charged with offences over a toddler and his mother crushed by a tree at her Pembrokeshire zoo in August 2010

The former 'I'm a Celebrity...' contestant is accused of breaching health and safety laws after the mum and her three-year-old son were injured by a falling branch.

Gruff Davies-Hughes was left fighting for his life after the tree hit him on the head and had to spend three days in intensive care.

Emma Davies-Hughes, 28, suffered injuries to her head leg, pelvis, and arm in the Manor House animal Park owned by Ryder Richardson and her husband in West Wales.

Ryder Richardson, 48, and restaurateur husband Colin MacDougall, 46, both denied breaches of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

Both the defendants and their company were responsible for running the wildlife park.

"They were given expert advice in regard to trees and branches on the premises. It is our case that they did NOT follow that advice."

– Simon Morgan, prosecutor

Police thank west Wales community

Dyfed Powys Police have welcomed today's guilty verdict in the trial of John Mason.

The west Wales force thanked Angelika Dries-Jenkins' family and the local community for their support throughout the complex investigation.

Angelika Dries-Jenkins was tortured for the PIN number of her bank account, she was murdered, her car stolen and her bank account emptied, but that was not enough for John Mason. He has put Angelika's family through a three week murder trial, he has lied from start to finish and shown no remorse whatsoever.

Today's verdict is welcomed, it reflects the strength of Angelika's family and is a credit to the members of the community who havecome forward as witnesses.

– Detective Sergeant Paul Callard, Dyfed Powys Police

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Family statement following Mason guilty verdict

Benedict Dries-Jenkins reads family statement following verdict Credit: ITV News Wales

The son of Angelika Dries-Jenkins has read out a statement on the steps of Swansea Crown Court following the life sentence handed down to John Mason after being found guilty of murdering his mother.

"Words cannot adequately describe our relief that the jury have today found John Mason guilty of terrorising, murdering and over the following days continuing to steal from our mother...

John Mason has through his actions made victims not only of our mother and her family but indeed those in the wider community. What he stole goes far beyond her money."

Son of murder victim speaks out

On the steps of Swansea Crown Court, Benedict Dries-Jenkins spoke of his family's relief following the sentencing of John Mason who today has been found guilty of his mother's murder.

Words cannot adequately describe our relief that the jury have today found John Mason guilty of terrorising, murdering and over the following days continuing to steal from our mother...John Mason has through his actions made victims not only of our mother and her family but indeed those in the wider community. What he stole goes far beyond her money.

– Benedict Dries-Jenkins, son of Angelika Dries-Jenkins

'Brutal and heartless murder'

Justice Wyn Williams has today sentenced John Mason to life in prison for the murder of 66 year old Angelika Dries-Jenkins.

Mason will serve a minimum of 30 years in prison before being considered for parole.

On sentencing Mason Justice Wyn Williams said:

You've been convicted of a brutal and heartless murder and you did it so you could steal Angelika Dries-Jenkins' money. This was a despicable crime. You spent her money and went about it without a care in the world.

There is a very real likelihood you will spend the rest of your life in jail

– Justice Wyn Williams
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