UPDATE: Daughter and grandson sentenced for murdering Betty Guy

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The daughter and grandson of 84-year-old Betty Guy, who died at her home in Swansea, were found guilty of her murder on 6 February.  Both were sentenced to life imprisonment today (8 February) and ordered to serve a minimum of 11 years.

After her death on 6 November 2011, Ms Guy’s daughter, Penelope John, and grandson, Barry Rogers, said she had died of natural causes.

However, one of Rogers’ previous partners reported him to the police after he told her he had held a pillow over his grandmother’s face to cause her death, Swansea Crown Court heard.

Rogers had also disclosed to previous partners that John had been present during the incident.

Police placed a listening device in John’s house and recorded numerous conversations with Rogers in which they discussed what they had done. A motive for the killing has never been established.  

Gemma Vincent, of the CPS, said: “Covert recordings such as these are not common. In this case it provided compelling evidence for the CPS to present to the jury, demonstrating that the killing of Betty Guy was deliberate and planned.

“Ms Guy’s life was cut short by her own daughter and grandson - our thoughts and sympathies are with those affected.”

Notes to editors

  • Gemma Vincent is a Senior Crown Prosecutor in CPS Wales.

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