Friday 30 September 2016

Businessman appears in court over murder of 25-year-old mother

Benjamin Wright

Published 15/01/2016 | 11:02

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A middle-aged businessman has appeared in court over the murder of a 25-year-old mother.

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Georgina Symonds' body was found at a property in Usk, Monmouthshire, on Tuesday.

Peter David Morgan appeared at Newport Magistrates' Court on Friday morning charged with her murder.

The 52-year-old, of Llanellen Court Farm, Llanellen, Abergavenny, only spoke to confirm his identity before being remanded into custody.

On Thursday night, Gwent Police said a cause of death for Ms Symonds had yet to be established.

Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Roger Forey said: "This is a tragic incident and our thoughts are with the family of the deceased.

"Our investigation will establish exactly what happened and additional patrols will be taking place in the coming days to provide local residents of confidence and reassurance."

Scores of tributes have since been paid to Ms Symonds, who friends said was from Allt yr Yn in Newport.

Alexy Butcher wrote on Facebook: "She had such a shining infectious personality that could change anyone's world. I just can't see beyond today or tomorrow. I just want that beautiful blonde bombshell back."

And a school friend, who did not want to be named, added: "I'm totally shocked. She was only 25 and has a little girl. It's heartbreaking for her family - especially for her daughter, who will now have to grow up without her mother."

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