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Jealous husband who used wife’s phone to lure her lover to his death is jailed for life

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A JEALOUS husband who used his wife’s phone to lure her love to his death has been jailed for life.

Andrew Jones, 53, who shot dead his wife’s lover in a carefully planned execution, has been jailed for life for murder by a judge at Swansea Crown Court in Wales.

Jones was told to serve at least 30 years’ imprisonment.

Jones was “angry and upset” after learning his wife Rhiannon, 51, and Mr O’Leary, 55, had been meeting for sex after striking up an affair at a gym.

The two men had been friends for 25 years before the affair.

Jones set up an “ambush” pretending to be Rhiannon and sent a text asking Mr O’Leary to meet for a cuddle – but when he arrived Jones shot him in the face with a Colt .22 rifle.

Mr O’Leary’s wife Sian admitted there were “issues” in their marriage – but despite his affair she still loved him.

Andrew Jones (pictured) used his wife's phone to lure Michael O'Leary into a trap by asking for a cuddle

Andrew Jones (pictured) used his wife’s phone to lure Michael O’Leary into a trap by asking for a cuddle

She said: “He was my husband, best friend, soulmate and world – my everything.

“2019 was a trying year for us and we had one or two issues in our marriage but we were working on them. We ran out of time.

Jones denied murder but was found guilty after a three-week trial at Swansea Crown Court.

Judge Mrs Justice Nerys Jefford said: “Michael O’Leary did something wrong. He had an affair with a wife of a man who had been his friend for many years but he did not deserve to pay for that with his life.”

In an emotional address to the court, Mr O’Leary’s son Wayne called Jones a “coward” and a “monster”.

In a statement, he said: “You will always be remembered by us as a monster and a coward who couldn’t deal with it as a man. If you had we wouldn’t be here now.

“We would like to hold a funeral but Andrew Jones kept that from us and still chooses to do that. He hasn’t shown any remorse – if he had he would have left us with more than a few pieces of bone.

“You sent us on a wild goose chase believing dad had taken his own life all the while thinking you had done a good job.

“Your arrogance and ego thinking you had done a good job but this is what got you caught.

“You said you thought it was the best situation for everyone if he had committed suicide – this isn’t true, it was best for you.

“You have used the word ‘sad w*****’ and ‘pathetic’ to describe yourself. Those were the only words of truth you said during the case.”

Swansea Crown Court heard gun enthusiast Jones had discovered “intimate” sexual messages between Mr O’Leary and his wife Rhiannon.

Prosecutor William Hughes QC said: “Mike O’Leary was lured to this location expecting a private meeting with Rhiannon Jones. Instead he was met by this defendant who was armed with a powerful rifle which he used to deliberately shoot him dead.

“Steps were subsequently taken to hide and cover up his crimes – not in panic but a clear and calculated approach.”

“This was a carefully planned and well thought-out murder far from an accident.”

Building and farming boss Jones claimed Mr O’Leary’s death was an accident and he “panicked” when the gun went off during a struggle before burning his body in a series of fires.

Mr O’Leary was shot dead at the farm near Nantgaredig, Carmarthenshire before Jones dumped Mr O’Leary’s car by a river to stage his disappearance as suicide.

He put on Mr O’Leary’s shoes and walked down to river to make it look like he had jumped in.

Jones also used Mr O’Leary’s phone to send text messages to his wife Sian and three sons saying “I’m so sorry.”


Justice Jefford said Jones would have to serve a minimum of 30 years before he could be considered for parole.

“You are 53 years old and whatever minimum term I impose, it is likely you will spend most if not all of the rest of your natural life in custody,” she said.

“You still maintain your account of events and that can give them little comfort.”

The judge said that after learning of the affair between Michael O’Leary and his wife Rhiannon, Jones had involved his own teenage daughter in spying on her mother – despite Mrs Jones saying it was over.

“During this time, despite knowing how upset your daughter was, you did not try to protect her, rather you involved her in keeping watch over her mother and reporting her movements,” he said.

“I have no doubt during these months about what you felt about the betrayal of your wife and a good friend festered. I have no doubt that it reached a point where you decided to get rid of Mr O’Leary.”

About Charles Igbinidu

Charles Igbinidu is a Public Relations practitioner in Lagos, Nigeria

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