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Tuesday, 19 February, 2002, 15:12 GMT
Jealous friend gets life for murder
Murder victim Jason Williams
Jason Williams was stabbed in the chest
A man has been jailed for life for killing his friend over an argument about his girlfriend then burying his body on the Brecon Beacons.

Richard Davies, a 27-year-old factory worker from Gorseinon, near Swansea, denied the murder and despite extensive police searches, the body of 31-year-old Jason Williams has never been found.

It is plain and simple. The motive for the attack was jealousy

Prosecutor Leighton Davies QC
Swansea Crown Court had been told how Davies beat his friend before stabbing him in the chest with a bread knife then driving his remains to the mid Wales national park.

While no body was found in the mountains, clumps of Mr Williams hair were found around gorse bushes and a friend of the two men, Alan Sinfield, told South Wales Police how he had helped Davies wrap the body in plastic bags.

Sinfield, 59, the chief prosecution witness in the four-week trial, told how Davies had become infatuated with his daughter Jodie.

That obsession, he said, led to murder after the three men met at his house in Lougher for a drinking session in April 2001.

Gorse bushes in mid Wales
Mr Williams body was dumped in gorseland
Mr Williams had bought a new mobile and Davies asked to borrow it so he could programme his own number into its memory.

Within a few seconds, he shouted: "How have you got Jodie's number on your phone?"

Davies then flew into a rage and attacked Mr Williams.

Leighton Davies QC, prosecuting, said: "It is plain and simple. The motive for the attack was jealousy."

Davies admitted he had punched Mr Williams and banged his head on the floor five times, but said the last time he saw his friend was just before he went upstairs to bed when he was lying passed out on the floor.

But Sinfield told police that he helped store the body in a garden shed while Davies made arrangements to hire a transit van..

The jury was told that the two had in fact driven the body to the source of the River Tawe, near Sennybridge, where it was dumped among gorse bushes.

"This has been a lengthy investigation, more difficult because the body of Jason Williams has not been recovered

Detective Chief Inspector Ken Isaacs
The men were arrested a few weeks later when Sinfield "spilled the beans" and talked about how they had disposed the body during a drunken visit to a local pub.

It was at this point, the prosecution said, that Davies became worried and drove back to the Brecon Beacons to move the body to a place which has never been found.

Sinfield admitted attempting to pervert the course of justice and was jailed for two years.

Meanwhile, detectives have renewed their appeal for information on the whereabouts of Mr Williams's body.

Detective Chief Inspector Ken Isaacs, of South Wales Police's major crime support unit said: "This has been a lengthy investigation, more difficult because the body of Jason Williams has not been recovered.

"The inquiry team took over 400 witness statements and spoke to over 500 people during the course of the investigation.

"We would like to take this opportunity to renew our appeal to anyone with information about the whereabouts of Jason's body to come forward and contact the police at Swansea."

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