Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 27 August 2014

Accused in court after 20 years

A man accused of two double shotgun murders dating back two decades has appeared in court for the first time.

John William Cooper (64), of Letterston, near Fishguard, West Wales, was arrested by detectives from Dyfed Powys Police on Wednesday.

He was charged last night with the murders of millionaire farmer Richard Thomas and his sister Helen at their burnt-out mansion near Milford Haven in 1985.

He was also charged with the murders of middle-aged tourists Peter and Gwenda Dixon, of Witney, Oxfordshire, on the Pembrokeshire coastal path in 1989. In both cases the victims were blasted at close quarters with a shotgun.

The charges against Cooper were outlined in court yesterday for the first time in public.

He appeared at Haverfordwest Magistrates’ Court and was remanded in custody to appear at Swansea Crown Court on May 27.

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