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Hundreds attend funeral of killer who slayed three generations of same family in iron bar rampage

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The family of one of Britain’s most notorious killers who slayed a family with a 4ft iron bar have paid their respects at his funeral today – along with hundreds of campaigners who insist that he is innocent.  

David Morris, 59, always denied murdering Mandy Power, 24, her 80-year-old mother Doris Dawson and her two young daughters Katie, 10, and Emily, eight, at their home in the village of Clydach, near Swansea.

He was found guilty following a trial at Swansea Crown Court in 2002 but the verdict was later quashed.

Morris was again found guilty at a retrial held at Newport Crown Court in 2006 and at the time of his death had spent 22 years behind bars.  

Morris, known as Dai, mysteriously died on August 20 at Long Lartin prison, Worcestershire, where he was serving a minimum of 32 years.

More than 200 mourners, including family, friends and members of the Free Dai Morris campaign attended his funeral today. Relatives and campaigners say they will continue to fight to prove Morris’s innocence.

Former solicitor John Morris had previously written a book called Clydach Murders: A Miscarriage of Justice, arguing that Morris was innocent and claiming there was no forensic or DNA evidence linking him to the crime.

It claims he was convicted because he did not have a solid alibi, his gold chain was found at the Powers’ house and he had initially lied to the police, having previously been in trouble for minor offences.

Pictured: The funeral cortege, led by horses, arrives at Llanelli Crematorium, Wales, Wednesday 15 September 2021

Pictured: The funeral cortege, led by horses, arrives at Llanelli Crematorium, Wales, Wednesday 15 September 2021

Janiene Morris (centre with red hair), one of the two daughters of David Morris, is embraced as she arrives at Llanelli Crematorium, Wales

Janiene Morris (centre with red hair), one of the two daughters of David Morris, is embraced as she arrives at Llanelli Crematorium, Wales

The coffin of David Morris being loaded onto a hearse in Swansea, Wales. Morris, 59, killed three generations of the same family in the Swansea Valley village in 1999

The coffin of David Morris being loaded onto a hearse in Swansea, Wales. Morris, 59, killed three generations of the same family in the Swansea Valley village in 1999

The coffin of David Morris is led into Llanelli Crematorium, Wales, Wednesday 15 September 2021

The coffin of David Morris is led into Llanelli Crematorium, Wales, Wednesday 15 September 2021

The funeral cortege, led by horses, arrives at Llanelli Crematorium, Wales. Morris, 59, known as Dai, mysteriously died at Long Lartin prison, Worcestershire, where he was serving a minimum of 32 years

The funeral cortege, led by horses, arrives at Llanelli Crematorium, Wales. Morris, 59, known as Dai, mysteriously died at Long Lartin prison, Worcestershire, where he was serving a minimum of 32 years

David Morris

Murder victims Mandy Power and her two daughters Katie (left) and Emily

David Morris, left, always denied murdering Mandy Power (right), 24, and her two young daughters Katie, 10, and Emily, eight, at their home in the village of Clydach, near Swansea. He was found guilty following a trial at Swansea Crown Court in 2002 but the verdict was later quashed. Morris was again found guilty at a retrial held at Newport Crown Court in 2006 and at the time of his death had spent 22 years behind bars

A Change.org petition demanding Morris’s case be re-examined ‘by an outside police force’ with a ‘review of the DNA evidence so far not examined’ has brought in more than 6,000 signatures. 

After a short service at a relative’s home in Swansea, a hearse with flowers saying ‘son’ and ‘Daddy’ drove his wicker coffin to Llanelli crematorium. 

For the final part of the journey the funeral procession was led by two mounted black horses.

The location of his wake was kept secret over fears it could lead to protests and violence. 

Worcestershire’s assistant coroner, Nicholas Lane told an inquest opening on August 27: ‘Morris was a serving prisoner at Long Lartin prison and it is here that he died. 

Debra Thomas, the sister of David Morris at Llanelli Crematorium. The location of his wake was kept secret over fears it could lead to protests and violence

Debra Thomas, the sister of David Morris at Llanelli Crematorium. The location of his wake was kept secret over fears it could lead to protests and violence

Morris was again found guilty at a retrial held at Newport Crown Court in 2006 and at the time of his death had spent 22 years behind bars (pictured: A floral tribute by the coffin of David Morris as it departs from Swansea)

Morris was again found guilty at a retrial held at Newport Crown Court in 2006 and at the time of his death had spent 22 years behind bars (pictured: A floral tribute by the coffin of David Morris as it departs from Swansea)

After a short service at a relative's home in Swansea, a hearse with flowers saying 'son' and 'Daddy' drove his wicker coffin to Llanelli crematorium

After a short service at a relative’s home in Swansea, a hearse with flowers saying ‘son’ and ‘Daddy’ drove his wicker coffin to Llanelli crematorium

An onlooker outside the crematorium said: 'It is a big turn out for a man who killed four people including two young girls'

An onlooker outside the crematorium said: ‘It is a big turn out for a man who killed four people including two young girls’

Doris Dawson

Mandy Power

Doris Dawson, left, and Mandy Power, right, who were beaten to death. A Change.org petition demanding Morris’s case be re-examined ‘by an outside police force’ with a ‘review of the DNA evidence so far not examined’ has brought in more than 6,000 signatures

Pictured: Katie, 10 (left) and Emily 8. Morris was found guilty at a retrial held at Newport Crown Court in 2006 and at the time of his death had spent 22 years behind bars

Pictured: Katie, 10 (left) and Emily 8. Morris was found guilty at a retrial held at Newport Crown Court in 2006 and at the time of his death had spent 22 years behind bars

‘He came out of his cell and collapsed early in the morning and despite attempts at resuscitation, he was confirmed dead at 8.43am on his wing block.

‘A post mortem has taken place and as of yet, the cause of death is inconclusive.’

Toxicology tests will now take place in an attempt to determine the cause of Morris’s death.

A full inquest in front of a jury is expected to be held next year.

An onlooker outside the crematorium said: ‘It is a big turn out for a man who killed four people including two young girls.

‘It happened more than 20 years ago but feelings still run high and Morris’s death has brought it all back into people’s thoughts.’



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