POLICE have confirmed that a forty-three-year-old man – Dale Morgan appeared in court yesterday (Thursday, Feb 25) via video link charged with the death of sixty-eight-year-old Judith Rhead, who was found at a property in Market Street, Pembroke Dock, on Saturday (Feb 20).
He appeared only to confirm his name, address and date of birth on the large video screen in the Llanelli court room.
A spokesperson from the force told The Herald in a statement: “Dyfed-Powys Police can confirm that Dale Morgan, aged 43, has been charged with the murder of Judith Rhead, aged 68, who was found in a property in Market Street, Pembroke Dock. He is due to appear before Llanelli Magistrates’ Court.”
A large number of police officers responded to a call before 6 pm on Saturday evening in the town.
Police were called to the flat just before 6pm on the Saturday, and neighbours told The Herald they were asked to move cars to allow for space for the coroner and forensics specialist to park their vehicles.
There was a large police presence at the property since then with specialist officers seen removing evidence from the house. Many of them were dressed in forensic suits.
Before the announcement of the murder investigation, the mayor of Pembroke Dock, Cllr George Manning, extended sympathy to Mrs Rhead’s family and friends on behalf of the town council and staff. He said: “It is always sad to hear of any loss of life and particularly when it occurs in the local community.”
Officers, who said from the outset that the death was suspicious, confirmed at midday yesterday, Tuesday February 23, that they were launching a murder investigation – 24 hours later they had received permission from the Crown Prosecution Service to charge Morgan in connection with the death.