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Ex-Carmarthenshire coroner John Owen admits £1m theft

A former Carmarthenshire coroner has admitted stealing more than £1m from a farmer's estate to keep his failing law firm afloat.

Solicitor John Owen, 79, stole the money from John Williams after being made executor of his will.

He admitted 17 charges of theft and false accounting at Newport Crown Court on Tuesday.

Judge Tom Crowther QC said Owen breached trust "of the grossest sort" and said a prison sentence was likely.

Nick Palit reports.

  • 09 Sep 2014