Millionaire Peter Morgan found guilty of murdering escort lover Georgina Symonds

Property developer Peter Morgan has been found guilty of murdering 25-year-old Georgina Symonds after a three week trial.

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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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