South West Wales

Judge sums up in John Cooper Pembrokeshire murder trial

Clockwise from top right - Helen Thomas, Richard Thomas, Peter Dixon and Gwenda Dixon
Image caption John Cooper denies killing Peter and Gwenda Dixon [both left] and Richard and Helen Thomas

The judge has begun summing up in the trial of a man accused of killing four people in Pembrokeshire in the 1980s.

John Cooper, 66, denies murdering Richard and Helen Thomas in 1985, and Peter and Gwenda Dixon in 1989.

Justice John Griffith Williams said the Swansea Crown Court jury must consider evidence objectively, dispassionately and apply their common sense.

The defendant also denies separate charges of rape, sexual assault and attempted robbery.

Mr Cooper is accused of shooting the Thomases at their remote home near Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, and holidaymakers Mr and Mrs Dixon, from Oxfordshire.

The trial continues.

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