Life sentence for Narberth murderer John Mason

29/03/2012

John Mason has been handed a life sentence with a minimum term of 30 years, after a jury at Swansea Crown Court found him guilty of the murder of Angelika Dries-Jenkins in Narberth, Pembrokeshire.

The trial heard that Mason tricked his way into Ms Dries-Jenkins' home, before beating to death with a blunt instrument. The motive was said to be financial - with Mason needing money for his upcoming wedding.

Speaking outside court after the verdict, Iwan Jenkins, District Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service in Wales, said:

"This was an horrific crime that shocked the local communities around Narberth and the wider Pembrokeshire area. These are safe, close-knit communities which local people are rightly proud to call home. In areas like this, the effects of an of incident of this magnitude can be all the more pronounced.

"John Mason has never acknowledged his guilt or the tremendous distress he has caused to the family and friends of Angelika Dries-Jenkins. His violent actions - and an almost casual disregard for life - resulted in the loss of a much loved and respected member of the community.

"I would like to pay tribute to the swift and thorough investigation by Dyfed Powys Police that quickly identified John Mason as the prime suspect in the case.

"I would also like to place on record my gratitude to all those who have supported the prosecution as witnesses during the investigation and trial.

"Todays verdict brings an end to the prosecution process, but we must not forget that for those close to Angelika Dries-Jenkins, the effects of what happened will continue to be felt for a long time to come. We can only hope that todays verdict will, in some way, help them as they try to more forward with their lives."