Brit builder ‘shot wife’s lover and burned body in rusty oil drum’

A British builder has been accused of fatally shooting his wife's secret lover before tossing his body in an oil drum and burning it.

Andrew Jones, 53, burned the remains of Michael O'Leary, 55, after confronting the father-of-three in a remote farm, a court heard.

The builder allegedly lured Mr O'Leary to his death and shot him before burning his body.

A court heard that after discovering his wife, Rhianon, 51, was having an affair with him, Jones arranged to meet Mr O'Leary at Cyncoed Farm, Cwmffrwd, Carmarthenshire, on the evening of January 27.

He allegedly shot him dead with a rifle after messaging his from his wife's phone asking to meet at the farm for a "cuddle."

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Jones is accused of disposing of Mr O'Leary's body by burning it at a yard next to his home in Carmarthen.

Forensic scientist Dr Robert Lewis told Swansea Crown Court the fire burned for several hours and involved the use of petrol or another accelerant.

He told the court he had examined CCTV recovered from Jones's home address, which showed a fire taking place during the early hours of January 29.

William Hughes QC, prosecuting, took Dr Lewis through his statement, in which he said there was a single burn site at the property.

"Your interpretation is that the fire has taken place on the surface of hard standing on the quarry," Mr Hughes said.

"The CCTV viewed by you from Bronwydd Road shows a fire occurring at 1.22am and continuing to at least 5.52am when the film concludes on January 29.

"The fire was accelerated with a highly flammable liquid."

Dr Lewis replied: "Yes, that is correct."

Earlier, the court heard human tissue was recovered from a rusty oil drum in the yard.

Forensic pathologist Dr Stephen Leadbeatter said he carried out tests of the tissue, including X-rays, and concluded it was from the small intestine.

He told the court the piece of tissue was 16cm by 4cm in size and had scorch marks on it, indicating it had been burned.

"There was no evidence (the scorching) had occurred during life," he added.

Jurors have previously heard DNA testing proved the tissue was Mr O'Leary's.

Dyfed-Powys Police launched a missing person inquiry after Mr O'Leary failed to return to his home in Nantgaredig.

The defendant was arrested on suspicion of murder after he had given a statement to detectives admitting he lured Mr O'Leary to the farm having learnt in September last year of the affair.

Jones, a father-of-three from Bronwydd Road, Carmarthen, denies murder.

The trial continues.

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