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Family murder appeal adjourned
David Morris
David Morris is claiming that his 2002 murder trial was unfair
The appeal by the man serving life for murdering four members of the same family has been adjourned until April.

Lawyers argued David Morris, from Swansea, did not receive a fair trial because his solicitor had a serious conflict of interest.

Morris, 42, is serving four life sentences for the murders of Mandy Power, her young daughters Katie and Emily and her mother, Doris Dawson, 80.

On Thursday, the court heard him described as "highly manipulative".

Morris' legal team, headed by Michael Mansfield QC, has argued that he did not receive a fair trial because his solicitor, David Hutchison, had also represented two other suspects earlier in the case.

On Wednesday, new grounds of "fresh evidence" and "non-disclosure" of surveillance tapes were also introduced.

That piece of evidence alone is positive dynamite
Patrick Harrington QC

On Thursday, Patrick Harrington QC, who prosecuted Morris at the trial in 2002, outlined the Crown's case against him.

Mr Harrington did admit it would have been preferable had Mr Hutchison not also represented two other suspects in the murder, twin police officers Steve and Stuart Lewis, during their arrests.

But he said that Mr Hutchison's representation of the Lewis brothers meant he had "a great knowledge of the detail of the case".

Mr Harrington argued that the "solid case" against Morris had been overwhelming, and that he had received a fair trial.

"You have to remember that David George Morris is a highly manipulative man," he said.

Mandy Power and her two daughters
The murders took place at Mandy Power's home in Clydach

"In witness statement after witness statement he lied and lied and lied and when he was arrested, he lied and lied again."

He said the jury had convicted him on four counts, which he argued were "sound and should stand".

Mr Harrington said the case of a blood-covered gold chain found in Doris Dawson's bedroom at the murder scene had been key to the case.

"That piece of evidence alone is positive dynamite," he said.

"That is why the defendant lied and lied and lied about that being his chain."

"By early March, we served the final damning piece of evidence upon the defence, which proved beyond doubt that chain belonged to David George Morris, and on March 13 we heard he had changed his story."


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