Woman wrongly suspected of murdering an entire family speaks out

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A woman initially arrested while police investigated a family’s murder has spoken out in a new documentary about her arrest in the deaths of Mandy Power, her mother Doris and her daughters Katie and Emily.

Alison Lewis said she feared for her life after being released on police bail and was lying on the floor of a car driving away from the police station after being questioned by officers about the deaths, with crowds gathering outside the building.

In a four-part documentary series on the Welsh murders, Mandy’s former police officer and lover told the filmmakers of her terror that her life could be about to end, Wales Online reports.

She said: “I think the pubs had just closed and they all came to the Morriston police station…and they wanted my blood.”

“They were howling, yelling and screaming. The police covered me with equipment, blankets and things.

“There was a driver and a passenger there, and I heard him [the passenger] telling the driver ‘whatever you do don’t stop. No matter what happens don’t stop’.

“He was scared and I could hear the fear in his voice.

“I remember lying on the ground in the car thinking, ‘I’m going to die here in the back of this car and I won’t be able to prove I’m innocent. I won’t be able to prove I haven’t done it.’ done this

“I really thought they were going to kill me.”

His memories were just a few of a series of memories featured in Murder in the Valleys, which premieres on Sky Crime and NOW on Sunday, February 6.

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The series examines the circumstances surrounding the brutal deaths of Mandy Power, her daughters Katie and Emily, and their mother Doris Dawson, who were murdered at their home on Kelvin Road in Clydach in June 1999, before their house was burned down.

Sky Crime's four-part documentary series, Murder in the Valleys, examining the Clydach murders of Mandy Power and her family.
Sky Crime’s four-part documentary series, Murder in the Valleys, examining the Clydach murders of Mandy Power and her family.

Four-part series on Sky Crime begins next weekend
Four-part series on Sky Crime begins next weekend

David ‘Dai’ Morris was twice convicted of the multiple murders, but his family have always maintained his innocence and continue to fight to clear his name after he died in prison last August. Other collaborators, including the then Crown Prosecutor and members of Dai Morris’s defense team, who share their views on what really happened in the quiet suburb twenty years ago, as well as neighbors and one of the local town councillors.

Mandy Power, her daughters Emily and Katie, and her mother Doris
Mandy Power, her daughters Emily and Katie, and her mother Doris

There are also interviews with firefighters who are still clearly traumatized after entering the building the night of the murders and finding the four lifeless bodies; as well as a forensic investigator who worked on the case.

Dai Morris’s sister also speaks exclusively about the series.

In it, he says, “If I thought for one minute that my brother was the Clydach killer, he’d be dead to me.

“People ask me if I’m sticking with him on blind faith, but I’m not ignoring anything. I know my brother. I know my brother 100% like he knows me. Inside out.”

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“Yeah, he used to get in trouble, we’ve never tried to paint a perfect picture of my brother. But he’s not the monster they made him out to be.”

Dai Morris died in prison in August.  He always maintained his innocence.
Dai Morris died in prison in August. He always maintained his innocence.

Dai Morris’s family have been campaigning for new evidence to be examined in their bid to overturn his conviction.

The show also sheds light on the investigation of Alison Lewis’s husband, Stephen, who was also a serving police officer, and her twin brother Stuart, who was the highest-ranking police officer on duty on the night of the murders, but that he left the scene just minutes after appearing on Kelvin Road and failing to properly secure the scene.

The married couple were arrested on suspicion of murder and Stuart on suspicion of perverting the course of justice, but were released without charge.

Mandy Power’s family say they believe the right man was convicted of the crime, and Martyn Lloyd-Evans, who led the investigation into the murders, insists the force found the right man.

“I have no doubt that David Morris is the killer. I have no doubt,” he tells the filmmakers.

“This case has been analyzed, analyzed and explored. I’m surprised 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.”

Murder in the Valleys premieres on Sky Crime and NOW on Sunday, February 6.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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