MUM AND SON SAID NAN DIED OF OLD AGE – BUT WERE GUILTY OF HER MURDER
TO most outsiders, the Guy family were a normal, loving tribe. But on November 7, 2011, that would all change. When 84-year-old grandmother Betty Guy was found dead in her home in Pembrokeshire, doctors initially thought her death was due to natural causes and her body was cremated.
Four years later, Mrs Guy’s daughter and grandson suddenly came under suspicion when it emerged her grandson had told former girlfriends he killed his nan.
The pair were arrested in November 2016 and police bugged John’s home and recorded the pair speaking about the killing.
At one point her grandson Barry Rogers could be heard saying: “Nothing to worry about. Keep our story the same.”
At another, daughter Penelope John said: “I can’t remember; did I text you when I said I crushed the diazepam up and crushed the zopiclone up and I put it in her... (indecipherable).”
It was eventually revealed, in what was called a “despicable” killing, that the former nurse was smothered to death at her home with a pillow.
What made the murder even more bizarre was the way in which her daughter and grandson lied to police about what happened.
Barry Rogers, of Fishguard, who served as a technician in the Royal Corps of Signals, used a pillow to smother Mrs Guy after her daughter, Penelope John, of St Dogmaels, fed her mother a cocktail of pills and whisky at her home in Johnston.
There was no scene-of-crime evidence for detectives to work with and no body, as the victim had been cremated.
But police found a plot to cover up the murder.
Police arrested John when they realised that she had lied about Betty’s medical condition in a call to emergency services the night that Betty died.
Police tapes, which previously had not been made public, and will be broadcast on ITV Wales’ Crime Files tomorrow night, show how those lies continued as the mother and son were interviewed by police officers.
Rogers described to police how he drove “pretty fast” from his home in Frome, Somerset, to his grandmother’s home in Pembrokeshire.
But he insisted: “By the time I got there, my Nan had already died.
“My Nan died of old age, just old age,” he told officers.
“She was 84. She wasn’t a spring chicken any more.”
His account was challenged by an officer during an interview.
“Is it a case that you saw your Nan was in so much pain that you took it upon yourself to end her life, to end her misery?” she asked. “No, no,” replied Rogers. “Did you use a pillow to cover her face,” the officer continued.
Betty Guy, who was killed by her daughter
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