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Clydach killer insists he's innocent.


THE family of the Clydach killer has begun a second poster campaign protesting his innocence.

Builder David Morris is serving four life sentences for the Clydach murders. A drug and alcohol-fuelled Morris used an iron bar to bludgeon to death Mandy Power, 34, her children Katie and Emily, 10 and eight, and her 80-year-old mother Doris Dawson at their home in Kelvin Road, Clydach. After the June 1999 killings he set their house on fire. Firefighters made the grisly discovery that the women and children had been murdered. After 40-year-old Morris, of Craigcefnparc, was convicted unanimously of the murders by a jury at Swansea Crown Court last year, members of Mandy Power's family made it clear they thought the right decision had been made.

But members of Morris's family began a poster campaign claiming the case was a miscarriage of justice.

Morris is in Full Sutton Prison in York after spending some time after his conviction in Bristol Jail.

It is estimated a decision will be made in the next six weeks on whether Morris can appeal against his conviction.

The Court of Appeal is currently deciding whether Morris has grounds to appeal against his four convictions. In the past week posters proclaiming Morris's innocence have appeared in Swansea, Neath, Port Talbot and Bridgend.

His sister Debra says she is convinced her brother, who has previous convictions for burglary and robbery including an attack on a woman, is innocent.

At his dramatic three-month trial, Morris's legal team suggested Mandy Power's lesbian lover, former South Wales Police constable Alison Lewis of Pontypridd and her husband, police sergeant Stephen Lewis might have been involved in the crimes.

But at the start of the case, Patrick Harrington QC, prosecuting, publicly apologised to the Lewises, who have now divorced, saying the false finger of suspicion had been pointed at them.

The case hinged on a gold necklace. Morris initially claimed that a gold chain found covered in the victims' blood at the scene was not his. But when tiny specks of paint on it were matched to kitchen units at his home he confessed that it was his necklace after all.

But he told police he had left it in Mandy Power's home when the pair secretly made love the day before the murders.

Witnesses however said they saw Morris wearing the chain in Clydach's New Inn pub just hours before the murders were committed. He told the court that the necklace seen by the witnesses was in fact a figaro chain he obtained from his parents' home after realising he had left his at Mandy Power's house.

But in evidence, he accepted that he bought a cheap replacement chain in Swansea market after the murders.

He made the purchase after police highlighted the fact they had found a gold necklace at the murder scene. And he also admitted buying a second replacement chain with help from his cousin soon afterwards.

In his summing-up of the case the trial judge asked the jury to consider why Morris would buy replacement chains if his claim was true that he had been wearing a figaro chain.

The judge said, ``Why didn't he keep wearing the figaro chain?''.

While the investigation stalled for months suspicion fell on Morris by chance.

A policewoman in a Swansea pub was told by a friend that Morris's cousin, a builder, had bought a gold chain for Morris.

He was later found to have lied about his alibi and witnesses said he had scratches on his face the day after the murder.

The two-year investigation into the Clydach killings involved the biggest police operation in Welsh h i s t ory.

More than 50 detectives were assigned to the case and the way it was handled was looked at by outside forces in line with police procedure.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Feb 14, 2003
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