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Wife's 'drugs curry murder plot'
David and Susan Shervill
David Shervill said claims against his wife Susan were 'rubbish'
A supermarket manageress was secretly taped by police as she discussed trying to obtain drugs to poison her husband by "spiking" a meal, a jury has heard.

Susan Shervill, 45, planned to put six ecstasy tablets in a curry and serve it to her husband David, Swansea Crown Court was told.

Mrs Shervill, of Fforestfach, Swansea, was arrested in March in front of her colleagues at the Lidl store she ran in Llanelli.

She denies soliciting to murder.

The idea of killing her husband was first raised with former work colleague Tyler Shane Davies - also known as Gerrard Abbot - in early March, prosecutor Geraint Walters told the jury.

She wanted to get rid of him and she considered the best way was to obtain some drugs and slip it into his food
Geraint Walters, prosecuting

"During one meeting between Davies and Mrs Shervill she told him that she wanted to spike her husband's food and asked Davies if he could get her drugs so as to enable her to do so," said Mr Walters.

"During that meeting she said to him that she wanted to kill her husband, she wanted to get rid of him and she considered the best way was to obtain some drugs and slip it into his food."

After several meetings with her, Mr Davies became convinced that she intended to go through with it, the court heard.

On 12 March he went to Llanelli Police Station and told officers of her plan.

In the presence of a police officer, he phoned Mrs Shervill from the station and told her he had spoken to a friend who had said the best drug to use was ecstasy.

He told her six tablets would be enough to kill her husband and they would cost 2.50 each.

Tyler Shane Davies
Tyler Shane Davies went to Llanelli Police Station in March

"No problem - get those if that's what it takes," she replied, according to Mr Walters.

Three days later, the pair met again and she said she still wanted the tablets but did not plan on poisoning him until they had got a number of family engagements, including her parents' wedding anniversary out of the way.

Mr Walters said this conversation was secretly taped by the police and the jury would hear the recording in due course.

She was arrested in front of work colleagues at the Lidl store on the morning of 16 March.

In a police interview, she did not dispute attempting to get hold of the tablets, but said they were for her as she intended to commit suicide.

Strain on marriage

She told police that if she had told Mr Davies they were for her, and not her husband, she did not think he would have got them for her.

Giving evidence, Mr Shervill said he had met his wife in 1988 and they were married the following year.

He had been forced to give up work in 2003 after developing a series of physical conditions, which had put a strain on their marriage and at various points they had both been depressed.

He told the jury he still loved his wife.

"I know she was never going to do what she has been charged with. It's a total load of rubbish as far as I'm concerned," he said.

The case continues.

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