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Woman (66) beaten to death for cash, court told

A PENSIONER was "tortured" for her bank account PIN number, then bludgeoned to death by a man who needed cash in order to marry his fiancee, a court in Wales heard yesterday.

Angelika Dries-Jenkins (66), of Providence Hill, Narberth, west Wales, was beaten to death after being forced to give her bank details to a neighbour's son, it is alleged.

Her daughter Eleanor found her mother's disfigured body two days later when she called round on a surprise visit.

A jury at Swansea Crown Court heard that John William Mason (54) murdered her for money. He denies the charge.

Mr Mason was planning to wed his fiancee little more than a week after the murder on June 1 last year, the jury heard.

But with an income of just £100 (€120) a fortnight in welfare benefits, his finances were in a "parlous state".

The trial continues.

Irish Independent