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"Worst case I have dealt with" says police detective

Created on 14/06/2018 @ 13:07
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The police officer in charge of the investigation into the attack and robbery of Blanche Rowlands at Dolfor has today said it was the “worst case I have dealt with.”

Jeffrey Earp was jailed for 14 years and four months at Caernarfon Crown Court for the attack on Blanche Rowlands in June last year. He admitted robbery and conspiracy to commit burglary.

Two other Newtown men, Keith Grogan, 42, and Carl Barratt, 51, admitted conspiracy to commit burglary and were jailed for three years.

The attack took place at Mrs Rowlands home near Dolfor.

She was beaten with an unknown weapon after being confronted by Earp. Jewellery, including an engagement ring, a gold watch and her late husband’s gold ring was stolen.

Detective Constable Amy Davies, said: “This horrific, planned attack on a vulnerable woman is the worst case I have dealt with. Blanche was subjected to brutal, sustained attack, and left with life-changing injuries. This could easily have been a much worse outcome.
“After an intense year-long investigation I am satisfied we secured the best possible outcome for Blanche and her family.
“I would like to thank the Newtown community for their help and support, which helped us get this case to court and secure some sense of justice for everyone affected.”
Blanche’s daughter, Bethan Rowlands, has thanked officers for making Newtown a safer place: “The whole family are happy with the court result. On behalf of mum, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the community for their support of mum over the past 12 months.
“I would also like to thank Newtown police for the hard work and dedication carried out to bring these men to justice and make the town a safer place for everyone.”

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