Found Dead 22nd January 2012

Irene Lawless (67) was found dead on 22nd January 2012 at her home on the Bryndulais estate in Llanllwni, a small village in Carmarthenshire, Wales.  She had been raped. She lived alone.

In August 2012, Darren Jackson (26) from Bryndulais pleaded guilty to the murder of Ms Lawless at Swansea Crown Court. He admitted to two counts of rape, but pleaded not guilty to a third count.  Elwen Evans QC, for the prosecution, said they would not seek a trial on that charge.

Jackson was remanded in custody. Judge Keith Thomas told the court that he would be sentenced at a later date by Mr Justice Royce, probably on or around 3rd September 2012. Dyfed-Powys Police confirmed that the case against Jackson, originally from Kent, had been adjourned.

After her death, local people spoke of their shock. Ms Lawless’ son, Jason, said that his mother was “a loving mother and grandmother, a really peaceful person who loved the garden, animals and her paintings”. She had lived on the village’s quiet Bryndulais estate for many years.

At the time, Linda Davies-Evans, a county councillor for Llanfihangel-ar-Arth, described Ms Lawless as “a well liked and independent lady”. She said: “This is a shock to us all. This is a tragic incident to have happened in this quiet community in which everybody knows each other. It is a sad time for her family and friends and I send my deepest condolences to them all.”

Following her death, two other men, aged 20 and 30, were arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

The investigation was led by Detective Chief Inspector Pam Kelly from Dyfed-Powys Police.

Note: This report was drawn from reports in the South Wales Evening Post and the BBC.

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