Dad of murdered kids breaks silence 21 years after crime destroyed his family

A dad whose family were brutally murdered at home 21 years ago has spoken out for the first time since the terrible crime.

Devastated Michael Power hasn’t spoken publicly about the June 1999 murders of, Mandy Power, 34, their children, Katie, 10, Emily 8, and his wife's grandmother, Doris Dawson, 80, until now.

Speaking ahead of the screening of a new BBC documentary, The Clydach Murders: Beyond Reasonable Doubt, about the deaths, Mr Power has released a statement via South Wales Police.

In his statement, Mr Power has said he believes it is time for him to break his silence after a "harrowing 21 years," Wales Online reports.

Along with the family of Doris and Mandy, Mr Power said: "It’s been a harrowing 21 years for my family and I.

"I have never felt the need to make a public statement because it has allowed me to grieve in private but I feel now is the time on behalf of the Power family to speak out.

"I would personally like to thank the emergency services that attended that night."

Of his little girls, he said "not a day goes by" that he doesn’t think about them, and said time "is not a great healer."

Mr Power said: "I miss my girls every day and not a day goes by that I don’t think about them. Time is not a great healer, that I do know.

"I have been very fortunate to have a supportive family who have respected my wishes throughout my grieving. It never gets any easier."

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David Morris was sentenced to four life sentences for the murders of Katie, Mandy, Emily and Doris in 2002 but his conviction was later quashed in 2005 and a retrial was ordered.

Judges ruled that a conflict of interest involving a member of his legal team meant Morris had not received a fair trial.

Following the 2006 trial at Newport Crown Court, Morris was convicted for a second time and was sentenced to life imprisonment.

Speaking about the guilty verdicts, the family of Doris and Mandy have said: "In June, 1999, our mother Doris, sister Mandy and our nieces Katie and Emily were cruelly taken from us and contrary to books, campaigns and media coverage claiming him to be innocent the person who committed these murders was David George Morris.

"Morris was found guilty in Swansea Crown court in 2002 and he was later only granted an appeal on the basis of a conflict of interest.

"At a retrial at Newport Crown Court in 2006 Morris was convicted for a second time and was sentenced to life imprisonment.

"Following on from these trials the Criminal Cases Review Commission, which is totally independent from South Wales Police, has made three separate reviews of the case and has found no grounds for an appeal due to there being no new evidence."

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They added: "Claims that there is new evidence and witnesses have come forward are unfounded as these matters were dealt with in both trials and require no further consideration.

"As a family who sat in court every day listening to all evidence against Morris, we would like to make it very clear that there is or never will be any doubts in our minds that the right person is behind bars and that’s David George Morris.

"It has been very upsetting for our family, children and grandchildren seeing campaigns and hearing people claiming he’s innocent.

"Every day we live with the heartbreak of the loss of our family.

"Katie and Emily were only 10 and eight when they were murdered they were never given the chance to grow up and have their own families, unlike Morris who has the privilege of seeing his children and grandchildren."

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Doris Dawson was found to have been beaten to death with a fibreglass pole before Mandy and her daughters arrived home.

Morris sexually assaulted and killed Ms Power before inflicting devastating blows upon little Katie and Emily.

He then washed his clothes in the shower before starting several fires near the house in a bid to cover his tracks.

Police discovered the bodies of the victims laid out in the hall and found a bloodstained necklace which Morris admitted was his.

The Clydach Murders: Beyond Reasonable Doubt airs on Thursday, October 22, at 9pm on BBC One.

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