Builder guilty of lesbian family murder

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A former builder who murdered a lesbian and her family after having his sexual advances rejected has been jailed for life today.

David Morris, 44, was found guilty of murder at Newport Crown Court today in a retrial relating to the killing of four family members across three generations in 1999.

He smashed the faces of Mandy Power, 34, her mother, Doris Dawson, 80 and her children, Katie, 10 and Emily, 18, Swansea Crown Court was told.

Prosecuting, Patrick Harrington, said Morris, 44, then set fire to the house, “In the early hours of Sunday June 27, 1999, an horrific multiple murder was committed at a house in Clydach in the Swansea Valley.

“This was not merely a mot murder, it was a massacre.

“Three generations of one family were brutally put to death.”

He claimed the defendant was a “violent thug” and was jealous of a friendship between a close friend and Ms Power and suggested he committed the “horrific murders” after she rejected his sexual advances.

Morris of Craigh-cefn-parc, South Wales, had his previous murder conviction quashed over a conflict of interest in the legal procedure.

He was given four mandatory life sentences to run concurrently.