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Clydach killer 'in witness box'
David Morris
David Morris denies the "massacre" of Mandy Power and her family
The judge in the Clydach murder retrial has told the jury they had probably seen the killer of three generations of one family in the court room.

Summing up, Mr Justice McKinnon said the jury would have to consider whether defendant David Morris was the killer.

They would also have to decide whether the lesbian lover of one victim was responsible, perhaps helped by her then husband, a police officer, he said.

Morris, 44, of Craig-cefn-Parc, denies four murders at Clydach in June 1999.

A retrial began in May after Mr Morris' conviction for the murders of divorcee Mandy Power, her elderly mother Doris Dawson, 80, and two daughters Katie, 10, and Emily, eight, was quashed on appeal.

Their badly beaten bodies were found in their home in Kelvin Road, Clydach.

Alison Lewis
Alison Lewis was the lesbian lover of one of the victims

Mr Justice McKinnon began his summing up by telling the jury: "These were truly terrible crimes that had been committed.

"That three generations of the same family had been savagely battered to death in their own homes."

He said: "You'd need hearts of stone not to be affected by the photographs of the injuries."

But he told jurors they had to "decide the case on the evidence".

Mr Justice McKinnon said the prosecution claimed David Morris, was responsible for the murders while "fuelled by drink and drugs... He committed the worst kind of massacre and sought to destroy the evidence."

But he also said the defence claimed David Morris was elsewhere and "they suggest the police had probably got it right in July 2000 when Alison Lewis was arrested on suspicion of murder... perhaps assisted by Stephen Lewis".

Police officers

The jury were told that in the absence of an unknown intruder "you have seen the killer in that witness box - either David Morris, Alison Lewis or Stephen Lewis".

Both Ms Lewis and Mr Lewis and his brother Stuart - who were both serving police officers - were arrested in connection with the murders but were never charged.

The judge said that the evidence of Saturday, 26 June 1999 - was of "critical importance".

Mandy Power and her daughters
Mandy Power's two daughters and her mother died with her

If Alison Lewis was telling the truth when she said she was at home all night after a barbeque - sleeping next to her husband Steven - neither of them could have committed the murders, he said.

The jury were also reminded of witnesses who said they had seen David Morris wearing a gold chain in a pub that night.

A chain belonging to Mr Morris was found covered in blood at the murder scene.

He has told the court he left it at the house the previous day.

But the judge said: "If the defendant was wearing the chain later found in Kelvin Road, he can't have left it there the day before... The only inference say the prosecution is that he must have been at the murder scene."

The judge will continue summing up the case on Friday.


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