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Multi-millionaire Peter Morgan begins life sentence for the murder of 25-year old Georgina Symonds

A multi-millionaire businessman is tonight beginning a life sentence for the murder of his 25-year old escort lover.

54-year-old Peter Morgan strangled Georgina Symonds at a bungalow he owned near Newport in what the judge described as a "carefully planned and calmly executed" killing.

Morgan, of Abergavenny, admitted killing Miss Symonds but denied murder on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

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Peter Morgan sentenced to 25 years in prison

Peter Morgan strangled Georgina Symonds on the 12th of January this year. Credit: Gwent Police

Peter Morgan has been sentenced to a minimum of 25 years in prison.

He was found guilty of murdering 25-year-old Georgina Symonds earlier today.

The time Mr Morgan spent on remand will be deducted from his sentence.

The jury reached a unanimous decision following the three week trial at Newport Crown Court.

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Millionaire found guilty of murdering escort girlfriend

Peter Morgan has been found guilty of murdering Georgina Symonds

A multi-millionaire has been found guilty of murdering his escort girlfriend.

The jury reached a unanimous verdict on Wednesday following a three-week trial.

Peter Morgan, of Llanellen, Abergavenny, strangled 25-year-old Georgina Symonds at one of his homes in Llanmartin, in Newport, after hearing of her plans to fleece him, leave him and work for other men.

The 57 year old and father-of-two had paid Miss Symonds up to £10,000 per month and allowed her to live rent-free at the £300,000 property.

Mr Morgan admitted killing the former burlesque dancer but denied her murder on the grounds of diminished responsibility and loss of control.

He will be sentenced later today.

Jury retires in the trial of the millionaire who admits strangling escort girlfriend

A jury has retired to consider whether a multi-millionaire businessman who strangled his escort girlfriend is guilty of murder.

Georgina Symonds was found dead at a house in Usk. Credit: Wales News Service

Peter Morgan, 54, killed Georgina Symonds, 25, at her bungalow in Llanmartin, Newport, after hearing of her plans to fleece him, leave him and work for other men.

The father-of-two paid Miss Symonds, a former burlesque dancer, up to £10,000 per month and allowed her to live rent-free at the £300,000 property.

Peter Morgan denies murder at the trial at Newport Crown Court. Credit: ITV News

Newport Crown Court heard Miss Symonds had a series of intimate pictures of Morgan, who is worth £20 million, which she threatened to show to his wife and daughters.

She had pictures of Morgan engaging in threesomes at his family home, Beech Hill Farm in Usk, Gwent, as well as images of her wearing his wife's dressing gown there.

Morgan, of Llanellen, Abergavenny, admits killing Miss Symonds but denies murder on the grounds of diminished responsibility and loss of control.

Mr Justice Garnham told the jury: "In the particular circumstances of this case only two verdicts are available to you - guilty of murder or not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter.

"There has been a lot of evidence in this case and you will want to consider it carefully. You are under no time pressure whatsoever."

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