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Witness thought car would be stolen.

Byline: PHILIP DEWEY Reporter

A WITNESS told the trial of two brothers accused of murder she thought a man who had just been shot was about to steal her car.

Brothers Stephen Bennett, 53, of Masefield Way, Pontypridd, and Edward Bennett, 47, of Station Terrace, Penrhiwceiber, both deny murdering Mark Jones. Mr Jones, who worked for the HMRC and was described in court as a "drug dealer", was found with gunshot wounds in a lay-by known locally as Lletty Turner Bends on the A4059 in Mountain Ash on July 26 last year.

The 43-year-old died in hospital on September 26 last year after having 15 operations on his gunshot wounds.

The trial at Cardiff Crown Court heard yesterday from witness Alyson Kanderela who was visiting the Mitsubishi agents in Mountain Ash with her partner James McAllister, who had already given evidence in the trial, on the day Mr Jones was shot.

The witness said: "We were coming down the main road and we were approaching the lay-by and we had to stop because a bald-headed man came running out of the lay-by.

"He ran in front of the car and seconds later two other men came running out."

Ms Kanderela added: "I said to my partner: 'What's going on here? Let's drive off.' "The bald-headed man seemed to be running in circles with his hands up in the air. The other two men looked like they were running back. It was all a commotion."

At that point the witness said they started to move the car slowly when the bald-headed man came to the driver's side of the car.

She said: "I thought he was going to get inside the back door and steal the car but he disappeared.

"I swerved around in my seat and I could see the bald-headed man lying in the road."

Ms Kanderela said at that point she rang the police.

She said one of the other men, whom she described as the shorter man,

kneeled down towards the bald man and pulled him up by his tracksuit top.

The witness said: "Although I couldn't hear what he was saying his mannerisms were telling me he was saying something to him."

She went on to say that the shorter man dropped the bald-headed man and then grabbed him by his wrists and turned him round.

She said: "They tried to drag him and then the two men ran through a gap in a hedge."

The court heard Ms Kanderela was shown an identification parade film by the police which included an image of defendant Edward Bennett as well as eight volunteers.

She said she found one of the faces shown to her familiar but not in connection with the incident she had witnessed.

Defence barrister Peter Griffiths, representing Edward Bennett, asked Ms Kanderela about a statement to police she made about seeing the BBC's coverage of the trial.

She said she recognised an image of Edward Bennett in the BBC's coverage as that of the person she saw in the identity parade.

The witness said: "I still do not connect that man from the day."

The trial continues.


Edward Bennett, 47, from Penrhiwceiber

Stephen Bennett, 52, from Pontypridd

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Oct 15, 2016
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