Millionaire appeals murder life sentence

By Jake Chown  
Tuesday 24th October 2017 2:32 pm
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A MILLIONAIRE property developer who was sentenced to 25 years for murdering his former girlfriend has appealed his life prison sentence at the Court of Appeal.

Peter David Morgan, of Llanellen Court Farm, Llanellen, was found guilty of murder at Newport Crown Court on 21st December last year after a trial that had lasted more than three weeks. He was sentenced to life in prison, with a minimum term of 25 years.

Morgan admitted killing 25-year-old Georgina Symonds in January 2016 by throttling her with baling twine, but denied her murder on the grounds of diminished responsibility on account of having Asperger syndrome. When questioned by police, Morgan admitted strangling her with a length of baling twine and hiding her body at his family home in Usk.

The hearing, held at the London Court of Appeal in front of Lady Justice Hallett DBE, Mrs Justice Whipple DBE and Sir Nicholas Blake, took place this morning (24th October).

Edward Fitzgerald QC, representing Morgan, reportedly claimed his sentence was “excessive”.

The appeal was adjourned.

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