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Stab Pc collapsed in wife's arms

Geoffrey Harries
Former police constable Geoffrey Harries was stabbed 20 times

The widow of a former police officer who was stabbed to death has told a jury how he collapsed in her arms.

Elizabeth Harries said she alerted her husband Geoffrey, 49, after hearing a noise outside their home in Trimsaran.

Mrs Harries said when he went outside he was confronted by a man in a hood and after he was stabbed he "staggered and stumbled" into her arms.

Daniel Marcel Williams denies murdering Geoffrey Harries in June and the trial continues at Swansea Crown Court.

Mrs Harries recounted how in the early hours of 7 June she heard a noise and looked out of her bedroom window to see a man crouching behind a van.

Her husband, who at the time had resigned from the Dyfed-Powys police force and was awaiting trial accused of possessing child pornography, went to investigate and she followed.

A few moments later she saw him facing someone in the middle of the road at Dythel Park, Trimsaran.

The prosecution claim it was Mr Williams, aged 30.

"He had his hood up and I could not see his face," Mrs Harries told the jury.

Police outside house in Trimsaran in June 2008
Mr Harries and his wife had moved to his mother's house in Trimsaran

"Geoff was saying 'I haven't done anything. I would never do anything like that.' He was saying it in a pleading tone.

"I shouted 'Can't you leave us alone. He hasn't done anything to anybody.'

"The man ran off and a street light reflected on something metallic.

"My husband turned to face me and said 'I have been stabbed.' He was stumbling and staggering. He collapsed in my arms."

Mrs Harries told how she tried to stem the bleeding but with little success.

Mr Harries was taken to West Wales General Hospital, Carmarthen, and later transferred to Morriston Hospital, Swansea, where he died.

While waiting for an ambulance, her husband told her he recognised his attacker as someone living on the estate but could not recall his name.

Doctors found he had suffered 20 stab wounds, including a fatal injury to his back which penetrated his right lung.

Mrs Harries told the court how she and her husband had left their home in Pembrey because of "hostile incidents" after her husband's arrest and went to live with his mother, Sarah Harries, at Dythel Park.

Shortly afterwards a tyre on the family's Seat was slashed and Mrs Harries suspected local people were organising a petition demanding her husband leave the estate.

The trial continues.

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