South East Wales

Mountain Ash shooting: Murder accused 'did not know victim'

Edward Bennett and Stephen Bennett Image copyright Wales News Service
Image caption Edward and Stephen Bennett deny murder

One of two brothers accused of murdering a man who was shot in a lay-by has said he did not know the victim.

Edward Bennett, 48, and Stephen Bennett, 53, deny murdering Mark Jones.

Mr Jones, 43, was found injured at Llety Bends, Mountain Ash, Rhondda Cynon Taff, on 26 July 2015. He died two months later in hospital.

Stephen Bennett told Cardiff Crown Court on Wednesday he was not a "friend, acquaintance or associate" of Mr Jones.

Stephen Bennett, of Pontypridd, told the jury he did not own a shotgun, but admitted possessing shotgun cartridges.

He said he had used shotguns many times previously for clay pigeon shooting and killing vermin on his employer's farm.

Jurors were told the 19 shotgun cartridges found in a hat in his allotment shed were there as he found them in his boss's car and did not want them to stay there in case someone stole them.

Edward Bennett, from Penrhiwceiber, is accused of pulling the trigger, assisted by his brother.

Mr Jones was a valuation officer for HM Revenue and Customs but also dealt drugs - the prosecution has alleged Edward Bennett owed Mr Jones money.

Stephen Bennett said he could not recall meeting Mr Jones and "would not recognise him in the street".

The trial continues.

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