The Clydach Murders
In a case which shocked the country, Mandy Power, her bed-ridden mother and her two young daughters were battered to death in a ferocious attack during the early hours, in June 1999. The crime sparked the largest criminal investigation ever mounted in Wales yet to public dismay the police made little progress.
In this widely researched book, the author contends that Dai Morris, convicted for the murders in 2006, is little more than a scapegoat, an innocent man against whom justice was miscarried. No forensic evidence or DNA connected Morris to the crime; he was convicted because he lacked of a solid alibi, because his gold chain was found in the Powers’ house and because, as a man who had been in trouble for minor offences, he initially lied to the police. Morris’s case is currently being reviewed and will be heard in the Court of Appeal, perhaps as soon as 2018, in the light of new evidence, including DNA testing and falsification of police documents.
South Wales Police was notorious in the period 1980 to 2010 for false convictions on fabricated evidence, and the Clydach murders case appears to be another instance of this. Significantly, previous suspects for the murders include former police officers, one of whom was having an affair with Mandy Power.
There is every possibility that Dai Morris has suffered a miscarriage of justice. The author has corresponded with him, studied the police files and court papers, and discussed the case with key witnesses and experts. He is convinced that Morris is both innocent, and the victim of a conspiracy to falsely convict. The brutal murder of an entire family is a horrible event but to compound that with an unsafe conviction shows a disrespect to the victims, to their relatives, to the family of Dai Morris and to the law.