JEALOUS and possessive Luke Jones “literally” beat Natasha Bradbury to death in her own home just hours after she confessed to sleeping with another man, a jury heard on Wednesday (Aug 31).
Jones, aged 33, then waited until her body was “freezing cold” before calling for an ambulance to her flat in High Street, Haverfordwest.
Then, said Paul Lewis QC, prosecuting, he made up a story about her smashing up her own home in Imperial Court and falling over.
Jones, of Haven Drive, Milford Haven, denies murdering Miss Bradbury in the early hours of February 22 and is on trial at Swansea Crown Court.
Mr Lewis said Jones and Miss Bradbury, 27, had been in an “on off” relationship for three years.
In the days leading up to her death the relationship was under strain, he said, and text messages between them showed Jones was suffering emotionally.
Mr Lewis read to the jury dozens of messages that were “clearly personal and sent in the belief that no-one else would ever see them.”
“This is not like Facebook,” he added. “They are private messages between two people in a relationship.”
But they illustrated, alleged Mr Lewis, a man feeling jealous and possessive and willing to put emotional pressure on Miss Bradbury to keep their relationship going.
“It is for you (the jury) to assess. But we say that at times he expresses love, at others distress.”
On February 19 Jones, a pipe welder, told his supervisor he was unwell and made an emergency appointment with his doctor.
Jones told him he had “anger problems” and complained of losing his temper too easily and was referred to an anger management course.
“You might want to bear that in mind when considering the events that followed,“ Mr Lewis told the jury
Miss Bradbury spent the night of February 20 at the home of her friend Rhiannon Watts at Priory Road, Milford Haven, and Jones tried 26 times to contact her by telephone, including 13 attempts between 4am and 5am on the 21st.
Jones, said Mr Lewis, had already sent Miss Bradbury a text message reading, “I’m told you are seeing someone else.”
Mr Lewis said Miss Watts and Miss Bradbury had been joined that night by two brothers, Daniel and Darryl McGuckin. Miss Watts was in a relationship with Daniel and Miss Bradbury slept with his brother, Darryl.
The following morning, said Mr Lewis, Miss Watts told Jones what had happened and Miss Bradbury also contacted him to say, “Look, I’m sorry. I slept with someone last night.”
The following day Jones sent messages to friends, one of which read: “I can’t believe she’s done that. My Head’s in the shed but I’m passed caring. I loved her and gave her everything but what do I get.”
Jones later drove to Miss Bradbury’s home and between 8pm and 10pm she sent “sexual and flirtatious” messages with Darryl McGuckin.
“That takes us to ten pm,” said Mr Lewis. “What then?”
NEIGHBOURS HEARD LOUD NOISES
Neighbours of Natasha Bradbury listened to more than two hours of “shouting, swearing and the noise of a flat being smashed up” the night she was allegedly beaten to death by her on-off boyfriend.
But they only ever heard the voice of a man, said Paul Lewis QC.
That man, it is alleged, was Luke George Jones
Mr Lewis said Lisa Smith, who also had a flat in Imperial Court, High Street, Haverfordwest, heard the noises from between 11.30pm and about 2am and thought Flat A, where Miss Bradbury lived, was being smashed up.
Another neighbour, Timothy Down, became so concerned he thought about calling the police but decided “not to get involved.”
“He could hear swearing and shouting. But he heard only a man’s voice,” added Mr Lewis.
The prosecution argue that Jones was in the process of beating Miss Bradbury to death, or had already done so.
Because at 2.48am Jones told a 999 operator that Miss Bradbury was already “freezing cold and her lips are blue.”
Mr Lewis played to the jury a recording of the 15 minute telephone call, which ended when a paramedic took the telephone from Jones and told the operator, “We could do with the police.”
It took Jones at least twelve attempts to explain to ambulance control where he was.
The operator instructed Jones on how to try and resuscitate Miss Bradbury by placing one hand on top of the other on her breast bone and pumping hard.
The operator could be heard telling Jones, “Pump hard. One, two, three, four. Again, one, two, three, four.”
The operator was interrupted by an ambulance crew who had arrived in Imperial Court but could not find “Flat A,” which was, in fact, a four storey high building.”
Then, a voice could be heard asking Jones, “How long has she been lying there.”
Jones replied, “For about an hour.”
The paramedic took the ‘phone from Jones and asked, “Is that ambulance control”
The operator told him that ambulance control had gone off the line.
Paramedic:“We could do with the police here.”
Operator:“Do you want me to put you through?”
Paramedic, “No, we are dealing with a patient.”
JONES REFUSED TO ANSWER POLICE QUESTIONS
Luke Jones refused to answer questions from police investigating the “murder” of Natasha Bradbury at her flat in the centre of Haverfordwest.
And the prepared, written statements he later handed over were dismissed today as “nothing more than a pack of lies intended to avoid the consequences of what he had done to her.”
Paul Lewis QC told the jury that Jones “largely” answered none of the questions put to him by police.
But he later provided a number of prepared statements.
“He said he used no violence at all towards her and that she had suffered the injuries as a result of falling over,” added Mr Lewis.
“In essence, he appeared to be saying that her extensive injuries were accidental.
“If he maintains that account it will be for you to decide how it was she suffered the injuries that resulted in her death,” he told the jury.
“You will consider his intentions and his state of mind.”
Mr Lewis said the truth was that Jones had inflicted on Miss Bradbury a savage attack that had caused widespread and fatal injuries.
Miss Bradbury suffered extensive, blunt force injuries to her head, face and body. She suffered fractures to her neck and a wrist and there was evidence of injury to her brain.
Her heart had been bruised and there had been bleeding in the sack containing the heart.
There was also an “extensive” laceration to her liver that had led to massive bleeding into her stomach area.
“In a nutshell, he beat her to death in her own home,” added Mr Lewis.
NATASHA’S BLOOD STAINED FLAT
The jury was provided with a pictorial walk through of the blood stained flat where Natasha Bradbury met her death.
The prosecution say she died after a savage attack by her on-off boyfriend, pipe welder Luke Jones.
Despite the address, said Paul Lewis QC, prosecuting, it was in fact a four storey high building.
As the photographs unfolded, blood stained items came into view.
There were blood stains on the door leading to her bedroom, and blood on the lip of the sink in her en-suite bathroom.
A bin had been overturned and the contents strewn around the bathroom. “You will hear more about that, about the contents, in due course,” Mr Lewis told the jury.
There were bloody hand marks on the banister of the stairs leading to the second floor kitchen, where “shattered crockery etc” could be seen.
There was blood on the kitchen walls, on a tissue lying on a work surface and in the kitchen sink.
There was also blood on a discarded cigarette end.
Mr Lewis said there was more blood on the banister of the stairs leading to the third floor, which contained the lounge where Miss Bradbury’s body was found.
In that room there was blood on the floor and a wall in addition to “widespread” damage.
A glass table had been smashed, as had a television, and there was glass around Miss Bradbury’s body.
A neighbour tried to record the sound of Natasha Bradbury being beaten to death, a jury heard today.
Timothy Down became so worried about the “loud, aggressive” noises coming from her flat that he hung his mobile telephone out of his bedroom window in an attempt to record them.
And then he made an electronic note on his mobile that read, “There seems to be some kind of domestic aggression coming from apartment A. Seems to be a male. The time is approximately 12.45am. Banging and shouting. Do I go across or call the police. I feel it is better to stay away.”
The prosecution at Swansea crown court say that, unknown to Mr Down, he had been listening to Miss Bradbury’s on-off boyfriend Luke George Jones beating her to death.
Mr Down, who lived in Flat D, said he was woken by the sound of “serious, heavy banging” coming from Flat A.
He said he heard a man say, “I f***ing loved you.”
A minute later he heard the same man say, “Now look what you have made me f***ing do.”
Paul Lewis QC, prosecuting, asked why he hadn’t telephoned the police.
Mr Down said he rang his father who advised him not to get involved.
The prosecution claim that Jones, a pipe welder, had been worried about his relationship with Miss Bradbury and just days before her death he had told his doctor that he had difficulty controlling his temper.
The night before she was killed Miss Bradbury had stayed with a friend, Rhiannon Watts, where she had had sex with Darryl McGuckin, the brother of Miss Watts’ boyfriend Daniel McGuckin.
Miss Watts told the jury she became “angry, very angry” because they had used the bed of one her children and the following morning she contacted Jones via Facebook to tell him Miss Bradbury had slept with another man.
Jones turned up at her home, she said, but looked to her to be more upset than angry.
Daniel McGuckin said he and his brother returned to Swansea, early on February 21. Later that evening he began to exchange “sexy” messages with Miss Bradbury, even though she had slept with his brother the night before.
The messages from Miss Bradbury stopped suddenly at 10.10pm.
“I thought it was a bit strange. I never heard from her again,” he said.
The prosecution claim that Jones killed Miss Bradbury a short while later, because at 2.48am he telephoned for an ambulance and told the operator she was already “freezing cold, her lips are blue.”
Miss Bradbury died from extensive blunt force injuries that included fractures to her neck and a wrist, bleeding in the sack containing her heart and massive bleeding from a cut to her liver.
The jury has heard that after his arrest Jones gave prepared statements to the police in which he said that Miss Bradbury had caused the injuries to herself by falling down.
Jones denies murder. The trial continues.
Education Minister announces ‘back to school’ plans for September
Decision backed with £29 million to recruit, recover and raise standards
The Education Minister, Kirsty Williams, has today confirmed that all pupils will be able to return to school in September.
“plan to open in September with 100% of pupils physically present on school sites, subject to a continuing, steady decline in the presence of COVID-19 in the community.”
The Minister announced that:
Schools will return to full capacity, with only limited social distancing within contact groups.
At full operations, a contact group should consist of around 30 children.
Some direct or indirect mixing between children in different contact groups will also be unavoidable, such as on transport, receiving specialist teaching or due to staffing constraints.
Social distancing for adults should remain in line with regulations and
Schools will be required to minimise the risk of transmission by taking other mitigating measures using the hierarchy of risk controls.
Every school should continue to be “Covid Protected” – having carried out
risk assessments and mitigated them with a combination of controls such
as hand and surface hygiene, one-way systems and so forth.
If early warning information shows a local incident or outbreak then nearby schools should implement appropriate restriction measures.
Each school will be provided with a supply of home testing kits.
The Minister confirmed that the autumn term will start on 1 st September and schools that can accommodate all pupils from the start of the term should do so.
The Minister outlined plans just hours after confirming the Welsh Government would make £29m available to ‘recruit, recover and raise standards’ in Welsh schools in response to the impact still felt from the pandemic.
Commenting on the additional funding announced, the Minister added: “We will recruit, recover and continue to raise standards.”
It is thought that there will be around 800 newly qualified teachers in September and around 800 supply staff currently working within Wales.
“With this funding, we will recruit the equivalent of 600 extra teachers and 300 teaching assistants throughout the next school year.
“We will target extra support at Years 11, 12 and 13, as well as disadvantaged and vulnerable learners of all ages.
“The support package, provided at a school level, could include extra coaching support, personalised learning programmes and additional time and resources for exam year pupils.
“We must never lower our expectations for any of our young people, no matter their background.
“Together, we will continue to raise standards for all, reduce the attainment gap and ensure we have a system that is a source of pride and public confidence.”
Councillor Ian Roberts, WLGA Spokesperson for Education, said: “Since schools closed at the start of the crisis, many children and young people have felt anxious about loss of learning and not being able to see their friends.
The Minister’s plan today will enable schools to safely reopen classrooms from September. Local authorities will work closely with their schools to make sure that necessary arrangements are in place to abide by Welsh Government guidance.
“Our schools have been hit by severe disruption during this pandemic, and we welcome the £29m pledged by the Minister for targeted support to minimise the effects of the past few months on pupils. We will continue to work together in partnership the safest and best possible learning experiences for our children and young people, especially in such challenging circumstances.”
Police urge visitors to stay safe and respect Wales as travel ban is lifted
POLICE are urging visitors to say safe and respect Wales as they get set to welcome visitors this weekend.
Dyfed-Powys Police has issued a message to people preparing to travel to mid and west Wales after the requirement to stay local was lifted on Monday (Jul 6), asking them to be safe, sensible and respectful.
With people now able to travel around Wales and to cross the border into the country, coupled with a fine weather forecast, police are expecting visitors to arrive in droves to enjoy the Dyfed-Powys area.
Temporary Chief Inspector Andy Reed said: “We are very lucky to police beautiful areas across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys, which attract thousands of visitors every week over the summer months.
“With restrictions having been in place since March, we understand that people are now keen to venture further afield and enjoy the beaches, mountains and countryside they’ve missed, and are anticipating a busy weekend ahead.
“Our officers look forward to welcoming you, and will be here if you need any help, but we ask that you help us by being respectful of the areas you visit, and by planning your journey before you set off.”
For anyone travelling to areas they are not familiar with, police are recommending that they plan their route in advance, check traffic updates regularly online and by listening to local radio stations, and be prepared to turn around or reroute if necessary.
T/CI Reed said: “Many of the areas that are popular with tourists aren’t served by main roads, but by B roads that can become backlogged very quickly.
“Nobody wants to spend hours stuck in traffic when they could be enjoying a day out, and there are ways to avoid this.
“If you’re heading to the beach in Pembrokeshire, for example, don’t set your sights on one place. Make a list of beaches you could visit, and be prepared to change your plans if you hit traffic off the main road.
“If you’re planning a hike in the Brecon Beacons, take a look at a few different walking routes – there are plenty of options besides Pen y Fan, which frequently gets overrun on sunny weekends and can cause problems on the roads with high volumes of traffic and parked cars.”
Over the past three months, Dyfed-Powys Police has implemented Operation Dovecote – an engagement, encouragement, education and enforcement approach to ensuring people adhered to the restrictions. With the ease in regulations, officers across the force will take a different approach this weekend – engaging with visitors, clamping down on antisocial behaviour and working with partner agencies to ensure places are left as they were found.
T/CI said: “Our officers will be out and about across the force, making sure everyone is staying safe and respectful. With that in mind, we ask that you be mindful of people who live in the areas you are visiting by acting responsibly – we will not tolerate antisocial or illegal behaviour that will impact on them or other tourists.
“Please park considerately, leave gates and property as you find them, be careful with barbecues and don’t light fires, keep dogs under control, and check what facilities will be open before you start your journey.
“We will be working closely with partners to protect beaches, countryside and waterways – you can help us by making sure you take all your rubbish and belongings with you, and leaving no trace of your visit.”
If you need to report an incident while visiting the Dyfed-Powys area, you can use one of the following options: Online: bit.ly/DPPReportOnline, Email: email@example.com or Call 101.
If you are Deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.
Always call 999 in an emergency
YMCA Llanelli charity shop will reopen to the community on Friday 10 July
AFTER more than 14 weeks of being closed for business, YMCA Llanelli will be throwing open its doors and welcoming back much-loved customers, donors and staff on Friday 10 July.
YMCA Llanelli is one of 10 shops due to reopen over the next week as part of YMCA England and Wales’ second phase, which aims to restore more than 80 shops to their local communities by the end of the month.
Across all of its reopened stores, YMCA will be adhering to government guidelines with additional cleaning and social distancing measures, alongside hand gel stations at each entrance to ensure a safe environment for customers and colleagues.
Once doors are officially open donations to YMCA Llanelli are very welcome, and if donors have any questions or concerns before dropping items off, please feel free to call ahead.
One challenge that the current crisis has created is that YMCA has fewer volunteers than before, so alongside donations staff are also appealing for volunteers to help them get back up and running. Without the dedication of hundreds of volunteers YMCA charity shops wouldn’t be possible, and so YMCA Llanelli is calling on anyone locally who may be able to help.
Simon Green, Head of Retail at YMCA England & Wales said: “The retail team have been working extremely hard to reopen stores in a way which keeps customers, staff and the community safe, and we can’t wait to welcome everyone back for the first time since 23 March.
“It truly is a privilege to serve at the heart of communities, providing not only the chance for customers to find bargains and recycle goods, but also to gain employment experience and create new friendships. We have missed you and we are delighted to be back.”
Money raised at YMCA charity shops across England and Wales is used to help transform the lives of young people across almost 740 local communities. From providing a warm bed for homeless young people to delivering mental health advice and counselling for those in need. Every donation or hour volunteered makes a huge difference.
To find your local YMCA shop, enquire about donations or find out about volunteering opportunities, please visit: https://www.ymca.org.uk/shops or call 0207 186 9585.
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