Mountain Ash murderers sentenced


Adam Smith and Richard Shanahan were sentenced to life imprisonment with a recommendation to serve at least 17 and 18 years respectively at the Crown Court, Cardiff today for the murder of Richard Dyas.

Mr Dyas died in his Mountain Ash home in March, 2010 as a result of a sustained and frenzied attack.  His injuries indicated that he had been strangled, severely beaten and stabbed.

Senior District Crown Prosecutor for CPS South Wales, Catrin Evans, said: "This was a particularly brutal and senseless murder.  The pain and suffering Richard Dyas had to endure during the course of the attack is impossible to comprehend. 

"The Judge has ruled that Smith and Shanahan will serve a recommended minimum term of 17 and 18 years respectively and the community should be consoled that these dangerous men will be off the streets for a very long time.  Our thoughts remain with the victim's family."

Detective Chief Inspector Dorian Lloyd of South Wales Police, added:  "The sentences imposed upon Adam Smith and Richard Shanahan are the culmination of a comprehensive investigation into the murder in March this year of Mr Richard Dyas.

"The success of this investigation is due both to the diligence of the investigation team and the considerable support we received from the community of Mountain Ash - particularly from the young people who live there.

"I would like to thank all of those residents of Mountain Ash who came forward with valuable witness statements which, combined with the overwhelming forensic evidence, resulted in the guilty pleas from both Smith and Shanahan.

"I would also like to thank the entire community of Mountain Ash for their patience, understanding and support shown to South Wales Police during this investigation which was very disruptive for many, including taking dozens of statements and searching a number of premises.

"Securing guilty pleas in a murder investigation is very unusual and it is as a result of the support and courage of many residents from Mountain Ash that we were able to achieve this result."