Police Officer Breaks 22-Year Silence After False Claims He Covered Up Murder



A former police officer has claimed his own force botched a murder investigation, sparking rumors his family was involved in the murders of a mother, her two young daughters and her grandmother.

Former Inspector Stuart Lewis was held in a cell for four days, interviewed 26 times and suspended for four years after being arrested for one of the worst crimes in British legal history.

Mandy Power, 34, her daughters Katie, 10, and Emily, eight, and their mother, Doris Dawson, 80, were found beaten to death and their house burned down in 1999.

In a story worthy of TV’s Line of Duty, the finger of suspicion fell on Stuart Lewis, his police officer brother Steve, and his wife Alison Lewis, who was having a secret lesbian affair with Mandy.

Police Inspector Stuart Lewis has broken his silence of 22 years
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Mandy Power was brutally murdered at her home in Clydach in 1999.
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Alison and Steve were arrested on suspicion of murder, and Stuart for perverting the course of justice, but all three were later acquitted.

And, despite the fact that a local worker was later convicted of the murders, some locals in Clydach, Swansea still believe they are responsible for taking down three generations of the same family.

Now, for the first time in 22 years, Stuart Lewis has spoken out about the ordeal that ruined his life.

Speaking about the largest murder investigation in South Wales history, he said: “22 years ago I was a serving police officer, who was wrongly arrested for conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

“I believe that the police manipulated, destroyed and created evidence to implicate me.

“I was in custody for four days, interviewed 26 times and suspended for four years.”

In a statement provided exclusively to the Mirror, Lewis believes the police officers made a catalog of blunders, fueling speculation that his family was responsible for the tragedy.

Mandy devoted herself to her daughters, who died alongside her.

He said: “Evidence originally identified to exonerate me was either lost, unobtainable or destroyed.

“It is tragic that everyone involved in this high-profile investigation has been let down by a litany of mistakes and lack of professionalism.

“These failures have resulted in constant speculation about the safety of the sentence.”

Lewis studied for a law degree while suspended and returned to his duties with the South Wales Police Force when all disciplinary matters against him were dropped.

But the doubt surrounding the case means Lewis and his wife can’t go to a local restaurant without people pointing the finger at him and sometimes verbally accusing him of involvement in the murders.

Just a month ago, Lewis was kicked out of his local gym after a member complained that he was there.

After leaving the force, he has been unable to find work because employers Google his name and discover that he was connected to the Clydach murders.

He said: “It is too late to completely exonerate my name. The damage is already done. The negative impact on me and my family over the last 22 years has been severe and long lasting.

“Many will still believe that there is no smoke without fire.”

Doris Dawson, 80, was also killed in the horror that rocked Clydach
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Lewis has boldly spoken out on the eve of the release of Murder in the Valleys, a Sky Crime TV documentary investigating the murders and the botched police investigation.

His lawyer, QC leader Narita Bahra, said: “There are no winners in this tragic case, there are not enough duct tapes to complete this investigation and the speculation continues 22 years after an innocent family was murdered in their home.

“The police investigation was flawed from the start, resulting in the destruction of Mr. Lewis’s reputation and life.”

Dai Morris died in prison last year at the age of 59 but always maintained his innocence
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Worker David Morris, known as Dai, was twice convicted of the multiple murders, but his family has maintained his innocence and continues to fight to clear his name after he died in prison aged 59 last August.

Morris was serving a 32-year sentence for beating Mandy, her daughters and their mother to death at their home in Kelvin Road, Clydach, in June 1999.

Just weeks after his death, police released new forensic DNA evidence linking Morris to a blood-stained sock found at the crime scene.

Morris’s family and supporters dismissed the new evidence as “nonsense” and said his fight to clear his name will continue.

Shattered Alison Lewis Says She Still Misses Mandy Every Day
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Alison Lewis, who along with her husband Steve were arrested on suspicion of the murders, said she understands his family is fighting for justice for him.

She told the four-part television documentary: “Who would want to believe that someone in their family is capable of that?

“I completely get it, but what I didn’t get is why they always put it on us.”

The Lewis family claims to have received more than 400 threats from supporters of the Free David Morris campaign.

Former police officer Alison said: “These people are not interested in the truth, all they want to do is criticize the South Wales Police and say it is a conspiracy.

“But no one has ever said what evidence there is against me, Stephen and Stuart, aside from rumours, gossip, rumors and lies.

“None of them have a single piece of evidence.

“How did this happen, and 22 years later I’m still sitting here, defending myself, telling people I’m not a murderer, when all I wanted to do was love her?

“Mandy was always kind, caring, tried to do her best all the time and enjoyed her life and her children.

“I had so much to give and so much to live for. There hasn’t been a day that I haven’t missed her.

“I loved being with her and everything about her made me happy.”

Superintendent Martyn Lloyd-Evans led the murder investigation.
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The close-knit community of Clydach is still divided over who bludgeoned the family to death with a metal pole before setting their home on fire in the early hours, despite Morris’s conviction.

Some locals still accept the discredited theory that a lesbian ex-cop, her husband and twin brother carried out the murders rather than a thug with a history of violence.

But retired Detective Superintendent Martin Lloyd Evans, who led the investigation, is 100 per cent sure South Wales Police found the right man.

He told the TV documentary: “I have no doubt that David Morris is the killer. I have no doubt.

“This case has been analyzed, analyzed and explored. I’m surprised that people can’t see Morris for who he is.

“Can you imagine someone saying ‘I’m the monster that did this’? That’s never going to happen.”

Dai Morris’s sister Debra and daughter Janiene still believe he is innocent
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Deputy Chief Constable David Thorne, of the South Wales Police Force, said: “The South Wales Police Force has shown a commitment to providing evidence-based answers to the issues that have been raised about this case for many years.

“This engagement resulted in a forensic link between convicted murderer David Morris and a highly significant item recovered from the crime scene.

“South Wales Police commissioned a review in the hope that we could somehow bring some closure to those most affected by the killings.

“In particular, those who lost three generations of the same family and have had to relive those painful memories over and over again for the last two decades.

“We have already shared the findings of Operation Dolomite with the Criminal Cases Review Commission to complete due process and demonstrate transparency.

“However, knowing the conclusions drawn from this review, South Wales Police wish to show respect to the family and those affected by these horrific crimes by bringing this case to a close.

“Our thoughts, as always, remain with the family of Mandy Power, her children Katie, 10, and Emily, eight, and her mother Doris, 80, who still experience such painful memories to this day.” .




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