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THE CLYDACH KILLINGS TRIAL: Alison tried to kill herself after lover had been murdered; JURY TOLD OF SUICIDE BID.

Byline: JASON LAMPORT

THE lesbian lover of murdered mum Mandy Power made a suicide bid after learning her girlfriend was dead, a court heard yesterday.

Bisexual ex-cop Alison Lewis tried to throw herself from an upstairs window after hearing of the brutal killing.

Swansea Crown Court was told how she wandered around her home calling out Mandy's name and trying to 'hold' her in her arms.

She told a friend, 'I want to join Mandy', before walking up a set of stairs to jump to her death.

Her police sergeant husband Stephen Lewis had to prise her fingers from the window frame.

His wife was then admitted to a mental hospital where she struggled to come to terms with her friend's death.

Patrick Harrington QC told the jury Stephen Lewis, 38, only learned of his wife's lesbian affair on the day of the murders.

He said: "The police learned about the affair and it was obvious her husband was going to find out. Alison was encouraged to tell him.

"He was devastated. He had no prior knowledge of that relationship. He was extremely angry and let down.The news effectively ended their marriage."

Karate champ Alison - who met divorcee Mandy, 34, in November 1998 - was inconsolable after a neighbour rang her with the news.

She was given medication to calm her but was still trying to talk to her dead lover hours after the bodies were discovered.

Mandy, her two little girls Katie, 10, and Emily, eight, and their bedridden gran Doris Dawson, 80, had been beaten to death with an iron bar. Builder David Morris, 39, denies killing the family of four in an "orgy of savagery" when Mandy spurned his sexual advances.

He alleges black belt fighter Alison killed her lesbian lover but Mr Harrington said the women were "very much in love."

Mandy and Alison met eight months before the horrific June 1999 murders during a girls' night out.

Inside a week they were lovers and enjoyed regular "steamy sex sessions", the court heard.

Mum-of-two Alison - who had been married for eight years before the murders - even talked to a solicitor about leaving her husband for brunette Mandy.

Mr Harrington said her world fell apart when she found out her lover was dead.

He added: "Alison Lewis was in a state of deep shock and emotional trauma. She was very disturbed.

"She constantly tried to speak to Mandy Power, holding out her arms and speaking to her as if she were there."

Solicitor pal Joanne Anthony dropped by to help take care of Alison who was delusional with grief.

Mr Harrington added: "Alison told her how much she had loved Mandy Power and was devastated by the loss.

"She was pacing about the room holding imaginary conversations with Mandy Power. Her medication wasn't working and she was hyperventilating."

He added: "When Mrs Anthony was in the kitchen Alison went upstairs into the bedroom and went straight to the window. Mrs Anthony ran after her. Alison was about to jump out. She was saying she wanted to join Mandy.

"Mrs Anthony tried to grab her but Alison had a far away look on her face. oStephen Lewis joined them and stopped his wife jumping to her death. They had to prise her fingers off the window."

Alison, was later transferred to Cefn Coed Hospital in Swansea.

Morris denies four counts of murder. The case continues.

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DEVASTATED: Alison Lewis was distraught at news of Mandy's deatho; AMAZED: Stephen Lewis; MURDERED: Mandy, left, was beaten to death with an iron bar
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Date:Apr 26, 2002
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