South West Wales

'Trophy photo' murderer William Rogers given life

Police at the scene of the murder in February 2012
Image caption Police outside the flat in Baglan in February 2012

A murderer who posed for a "trophy photograph" with his dying victim before killing him has been jailed for life.

William Rogers, 45, held David Eves in a head lock as friends took photos, Swansea Crown Court heard.

He then allowed the victim to have one last cigarette before he killed him after a drunken row in Port Talbot.

Rogers, of no fixed address, admitted murder and was jailed for life with a minimum term of 16 years eight months.

Judge Justice Spencer said the attack, which left Mr Eves with 52 broken bones, was sickening.

The court heard that Rogers attacked Mr Eves, 43, after the pair got into an argument during while having a drink in the victim's flat in the Baglan area.

Mr Eves suffered 43 fractures to his ribs and nine to his vertebrae during the ordeal and later died from his injuries.

The two other men who took the trophy photograph were arrested but no evidence was offered in court.

'Vicious and sustained attack'

Mr Justice Spencer said: "This was a sickening attack and during it you took a trophy photograph.

"You then continued your vicious and sustained attack and you mercilessly set about your victim with fists and feet.

"You repeatedly punched, kicked and stamped upon him - he was literally punched and kicked to death. From head to foot no part of his body was untouched by your blows."

Speaking after the case, the family of Mr Eves said: "Nothing can bring him back.

"But knowing that we were there for him, standing in his corner in court, brings us some peace and we hope that David's memory will remain with all who knew and loved him."