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Murderer's mum and daughter destroyed potential evidence.

A MURDERER'S mother and daughter interfered with a police investigation by destroying clothes and shoes that he feared may have his victim's blood on them.

Richard Wallis asked his 64-year-old mother Catherine Coslett and 20-yearold daughter Layla Wallis to help him after he killed Jan Jedrzejewski on a Newport street.

Mr Jedrzejewski was 41 when he died following the incident on Keene Street in Newport on January 12. Cardiff Crown Court heard he was popular, hard-working and well-liked.

Richard Wallis, 43, from Keene Street, was jailed in September for life with a minimum term of 16 years after being found guilty by a jury of murder.

No separate penalty was made for perverting the course of justice.

William Hughes QC, prosecuting, said Richard Wallis made phone calls to his mother and daughter between January and March, after being remanded in custody. The court heard he told his mother in one phone call: "Get rid of the f***ing trainers mum."

In another phone call, he told his daughter: "Just get rid of the clothes. Get rid of all my s***. I'll buy new."

Coslett, from Valley View Road in Abertillery, denied two counts of attempting to pervert the course of justice, but was found guilty by a jury after trial. The judge Sir John Griffith Williams gave her an 18-month jail term, suspended for two years.

Layla Wallis, from Trevithick Close in Newport, admitted one count of attempting to pervert the course of justice. She was sentenced to eight months detention in a young offender institution, suspended for two years.

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Oct 10, 2017
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