MUM AND SON SAID NAN DIED OF OLD AGE – BUT WERE GUILTY OF HER MUR­DER

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS - JES­SICA WAL­FORD Re­porter jes­sica.wal­ford@waleson­line.co.uk

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.

“No.”

Betty Guy, who was killed by her daugh­ter

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