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Ex-coroner John Owen jailed for five years for £1m theft

The former coroner for Carmarthenshire who stole £1m from a dead man's estate to keep his failing law firm afloat has been jailed for five years.

Solicitor John Owen, 79, from Llandeilo, stole the money, which was intended for charity, from farmer John Williams after being made executor of his will.

Cardiff Crown Court heard Owen had been a "pillar of the community" but his reputation was ruined when his crimes were revealed.

He previously admitted 17 counts of theft and false accounting.

Judge Stephen Hopkins QC said the solicitor was in breach of trust, damaging not only his victim but his colleagues and profession.

  • 14 Nov 2014
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