Clydach murder investigation: Man suspected of killing pensioner detained under Mental Health Act

Tributes have been paid to Wendy Buckney, an avid horse-riding trainer. Credit: South Wales Police

A man arrested on suspicion of murdering a 71-year-old woman has been transferred from prison into the care of health services, police have confirmed.

The man was held on suspicion of killing Wendy Buckney, an avid horse-riding trainer, at her home at Tanycoed Road in Clydach, Swansea, on Tuesday morning.

South Wales Police officers are continuing their investigation into the circumstances around her death while the 55-year-old man remains on police bail and has now been detained under the Mental Health Act.

South Wales Police and forensic units at the scene Credit: Bronwen Weatherby/PA

Police arrived at the property at 8.20am on Tuesday, August 23, and cordoned off the road while they carried out investigation work. That work remains ongoing, detective chief inspector Matt Davies said.

"We are dealing with a very sad and tragic incident," he said. "The family continue to be supported by dedicated family liaison officers and I would appeal for people to refrain from speculating on social media at what is a very difficult time for all concerned."

On Wednesday Ms Buckney’s family shared a tribute to her. "As a family we are devastated that our much loved sister, aunt and friend has been taken away so tragically,” they said.

“Our family is broken and we will miss her forever. Please respect our privacy and our wishes to grieve privately at this devastating time."

Police at the scene in Tanycoed Road, Clydach. Credit: Media Wales

The tribute came hours after a former student taught by Ms Buckney at Pen-y-Fedw Riding Centre in Morriston reflected on the "beautiful" stables she kept and how she treated her students like family. "Pen-y-Fedw riding stables was beautiful," Zana Gergin, 22, said.

"It was makeshift – she lived in an old cottage. She had, like, 16 dogs – she had so many dogs and she was such a good parent to them. She loved them so much. She ran a riding school so she had upwards of 25 horses. When I went there it was really surreal to see how it worked. There were a lot of young girls there, many who I formed relationships for life with. Younger girls worked there over the summer."

'Shock' for 'close knit community'

At the time of the incident, Acting Detective Superintendent Mark Lewis, said: “Clearly, this incident will cause shock to the close knit community of Clydach.

"I want to assure the community that an early arrest has been made and we are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident."