Killer who buried victim in concrete coffin set up drug empire after prison

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A killer who buried a fellow dealer in a concrete coffin set up a massive drug operation after being released on prison licence.

Builder John Welsby, was sentenced to life in 1997 after murdering osteopath Danny Dyke.

He buried Mr Dyke's body in a concrete coffin before digging it up and burning it, Wales Online reports.

The 62-year-old convicted murderer and rapist was caught dealing again in May.

Welsby told officers he was "a soldier not a cadet" after amphetamine and cash were found in his car.

Swansea Crown Court heard police stopped a Honda Civic car travelling in the Mayhill area of the city – Welsby was the front seat passenger and his wife was the driver.

Jim Davis, prosecuting, said Welsby had a bag containing 9.4g of amphetamine along with £1,400 in cash which the defendant said was rent from his caravan.

A subsequent search of Welsby's house found a total of more than 7kg of amphetamine worth up to £73,000 – some being stored in a Jacob's crackers tin – along with cash, "tick lists" of names and figures, and scales.

Police found messages relating to dealing in amphetamine, cannabis and cocaine on the defendant's phone with amounts being bought and sold ranging from one ounce up to kilos.

A search of Welsby's caravan found further quantities of amphetamine along with cannabis and another tick list.

The court heard that examinations of Welsby's bank accounts found payments totalling tens of thousands of pounds had been made to them.

Mr Davis said the defendant told police he had been supplying drugs for the previous six months and was doing so of his own free will, and he described himself as "a soldier not a cadet".

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The prosecutor said it was the Crown's case that Welsby was primarily dealing in amphetamine – often in large quantities to other dealers for onward supply – as well as dealing in significant amounts of cocaine and cannabis.

John Welsby, aged 62, of Tanycoed Road, Clydach, had previously pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of amphetamine, cocaine and cannabis when he appeared in the dock for sentencing.

It is not known when Welsby was released from prison on licence from his 1997 life sentence but Swansea Crown Court heard following his arrest in May this year he was recalled back to custody.

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The court heard he has a long history of offending going back to the mid-1970s including convictions for dishonesty matters, burglary, violence, and rape.

David Singh, for Welsby, said the defendant was "not in good health" and was waiting for a pacemaker to be fitted and, as someone on life licence, would now remain recalled to prison until such time as a successful parole application was made.

Judge Huw Rees said Welsby had known what he was doing when he got involved in dealing, and he was wasn’t going to lecture the defendant about the effects of drugs in the community.

Giving Welsby a 25 per cent discount for his guilty pleas, the judge sentenced him to six years in jail.

  • Drugs
  • Crime
  • Courts
  • Murder

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