Man convicted of killing three generations of family

 

A Welsh builder was today found guilty in a Swansea court of battering three generations of one family to death with an iron bar.

David Morris was convicted of murdering Mandy Power (34), her daughters Katie (10), and Emily (8), and Mrs Power’s bedridden mother Doris Dawson (80), in June 1999.

The five women and six men on the jury returned a guilty verdict on Morris (40), of Craig-cefn-parc, in the Swansea Valley, after deliberating for 12 hours following the 11-week trial.

Morris battered lesbian Mandy Power to death in her home in Clydach, near Swansea, south Wales, after she spurned his sexual advances.

He then carried out a frenzied attack on her young children and invalid mother, who were also in the house at the time.

Mr Justice Butterfield gave Morris four life sentences.

The defendant stood stony faced as the verdicts were delivered.

Mr Justice Butterfield said to Morris after the verdict: "These were horrific murders committed with great savagery on four defenceless victims.

"You have shown not a trace of compassion or sympathy for the terrible injuries you inflicted."

"I am sentencing you to four counts of life, one for each charge. Now take him down."

PA