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A jealous husband is accused of murdering his love rival after finding graphic messages on his wife's iPad.
Swansea Crown Court heard today how the disappearance of a Carmarthenshire man was linked by a trail of forensic evidence to a remote Welsh farm.
Andrew Jones has charged with the murder of missing 55-year-old Michael O’Leary.
Prosecutors claim that, after discovering a series of “intimate and graphic” messages on his wife’s iPad, the defendant lured Mr O'Leary to a farm then shot him dead and then concealed or burned his body.
Mr O'Leary was reported missing on the evening of January 27 after he failed to return to his Nantgaredig home from work and his whereabouts remain unknown.
William Hughes QC, opening the case for the prosecution at Swansea Crown Court on Monday, told the jury the alleged murder had been planned carefully with the defendant also taking steps "to cover up or destroy evidence of the crime, in particular Mr O’Leary’s body, in an attempt to hinder the police investigation”.
The court heard Mr O’Leary’s family reported him missing after his wife and three sons received a text message, apparently sent by his mobile telephone, which read: “I’m so sorry x”.
On March 14 this year a piece of human tissue of a small intestine was discovered inside a rusty oil barrel being decanted at Jones’ address by police during a search of the property, reports Wales Online. The DNA profile of the evidence matched that of Mr O’Leary.
Mr Hughes said the defendant's wife, Rhiannon Jones, had been having an affair with Mr O’Leary, which Jones became aware of in September 2019 when he discovered messages on her iPad.
Jones confronted his wife about it and she told him the affair had ended as Mr O’Leary did not want to leave his wife.
Some of the messages between Mr O’Leary and Mrs Jones were “intimate and graphic in content,” the court heard.
On Tuesday Mr Hughes told jurors that police had discovered a number of used bullet casings at Cyncoed Farm – where Mr O’Leary had allegedly been murdered.
He said forensic officers believe they were fired by a Colt .22 rifle found at the defendant’s home.
Mr Hughes told the jury it was the prosecution’s case that Mr O’Leary was shot and killed and that a forklift was then used to move his body. This is due to “blood-staining contact” on the blades of the forklift.
Mr O’Leary’s DNA was found on various pieces of blood-stained clothing at the defendant’s home while burnt human bone and “possibly scorched” intestinal tissue were discovered by crime scene investigators.
Mr Hughes told jurors: “Mr Jones was doing his utmost to get rid of evidence linking him with the murder and getting rid of Mike’s remains.”
Jones, 53, of Bronwydd Road in Carmarthen, denies murder and his trial, expected to last up to four weeks, began on Monday.
The case, which is being heard by Mrs Justice Jefford, continues.
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