A builder shot his wife’s secret lover and burned his body after luring him to a false meeting with her, a court heard. 

Andrew Jones, 53, has been accused of burning Michael O’Leary’s body in a rusty oil drum at Cyncoed Farm, Cwmffrwd, Carmarthenshire on January 27. 

Swansea Crown Court heard that Jones lured the married father-of-three to his death by pretending to be his wife  Rhianon, 51, and asking Mr O’Leary to meet for a ‘cwtch’ (cuddle). 

Then Jones allegedly shot his 51-year-old victim dead with a rifle before burning the body in a yard close to his home in Carmarthen.

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Forensic scientist Dr Robert Lewis said CCTV recovered from Jones’s address showed the fire had clearly burned for several hours in the early morning of January 29 and had been accelerated with petrol or a similar substance. 

The scientist confirmed to prosecutor William Hughes QC that the fire was started on a car park-type floor on the quarry at 1.22am and continued to burn until at least 5.52am because it had been accelerated by a flammable liquid. 

The court heard earlier that human tissue had been recovered from the drum in the yard and that Forensic pathologist Dr Stephen Leadbeatter found that the tissue was from the small intestine after he ran tests and X-rays. 

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 also previously heard DNA testing proved the tissue was Mr O’Leary’s.

Dyfed-Powys Police launched a missing person inquiry after he 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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