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Three in Court Accused of Murdering Young Dad

Anthony Winter

Man was found dead in Cardiff woodland

Three teenagers have appeared in court accused of the murder of a 32-year-old father found dead in woods.

Two boys aged 16 and 19 along with a girl of 17 are accused of the "violent assault" which killed Anthony Winter before his body was discovered  in woodland.

Mr Winter was found in St Mellons, Cardiff, by refuse collectors in the woodlands.

His family said they are devastated by his death - and that his two-year-old daughter, who he adored, has lost her father.

James Jones, 19, from St Mellons, was charged along from a 17-year-old girl from Trowbridge and a 16-year-old boy from Llanedeyrn, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

All three were remanded in custody by Cardiff magistrates.

The 17-year-old girl appeared first and waved and said “love you” to some of the several members of the public in the gallery as she left the dock.

John Junior Phillips, 27, from Bettws, Newport, has been charged with section 18 assault and Lauren Hutchinson, 19, from Maindee, Newport, has been charged with perverting the course of justice. Both were also remanded in custody.

All five are due to appear in Cardiff Crown Court sitting in Merthyr tomorrow (Nov 28).

A police spokesman said: "Mr Winter’s family have been updated with the latest developments and continue to be supported by family liaison officers.

"Detectives are not looking for anyone else in connection with this investigation."

Mr Winter's family said: "Anthony may not have been perfect but he was our kind of perfect.

"He was violently assaulted and left to die alone. He did not deserve to die that way.

"Whether you were getting your children ready for school, preparing for work, enjoying a cuppa or out walking your dog, you might have seen or heard something and thought nothing of it at the time.

"Anthony will never have the chance to do any of those things, so if you have any information at all, no matter how insignificant you think it is, please come forward and help the police.

"We need justice for his daughter so that our brother can rest in peace.'

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