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Thursday, May 26, 2011

John Cooper, killer who blasted victims to death with shotgun in 25 year reign of terror is jailed for life - 26th May 2011

A farm labourer who murdered four people in the 1980s by blasting them at point-blank range with a sawn-off shotgun has been handed four life sentences.

John Cooper was also found guilty of a string of sex attacks on schoolgirls and attempted robberies in the late 1990s.

The 66-year-old, of Letterston, near Fishguard, west Wales, was described as 'evil' and 'wicked' for the 'reign of terror' he imposed on Pembrokeshire.

He gained 'next to nothing' for his chilling crimes which also saw him burn down a house to try and cover his tracks and rape one of his victims - who could have been dead at the time.

Prolific burglar Cooper murdered millionaire farmer Richard Thomas, 58, and his sister Helen, 54, at their burnt-out Pembrokeshire mansion in December 1985.

He murdered tourists Peter Dixon, 51, and wife Gwenda, 52, on the final day of their holiday four years later.

The couple, from Oxfordshire, were attacked as they walked along a coastal path near Little Haven in June 1989.

All four victims died after being blasted at close range with a shotgun.

At one point there was speculation the Dixons died because they stumbled on a cache of IRA weapons. Read More