CWMBRAN MURDER TRIAL: ‘I said I loved him – whatever it took to get money for drugs’
A WOMAN who was part of a love triangle at the centre of a murder investigation gave evidence in court yesterday.
Former prostitute Katie Gilmore told Cardiff Crown Court how Cwmbran TV actor Gary Suller “hated”
his alleged killer, Barry Bowyer, and warned her to have nothing to do with him because he was “evil”.
The former heroin addict, 27, admitted she used Mr Suller, 45, who was found dead at his home on September 6 last year, telling him she loved him only so he would continue to fund her drug habit.
She even told him her boyfriend, murder-accused Bowyer, 38, of Llanon House, Croesyceiliog, was gay because she knew he didn’t like her seeing him.
She said: “Gary told me he hated him, he thought he was evil and had done really bad things and I should not be involved with him.”
Miss Gilmore, who is also known by the name Whitbread, met Mr Suller when working as a prostitute in a Newport brothel, for which he designed a website.
He wanted to help her get off drugs she said, and showered her with flowers, text messages and letters, telling her he loved her and wanted to marry her.
She told the court she thought Mr Suller was gay and although they did have sex a few times when she was high on drugs, they did not have a relationship.
She said: “I would go down his house and he would give me money whenever I wanted.
I texted him a load of lies, I told him I loved him, I wanted to have sex with him – whatever I had to say to get the money.”
Later, Miss Gilmore met Bowyer on a drug rehabilitation course and the pair struck up a relationship.
She said he didn’t like her seeing Mr Suller, and was jealous of the flowers and text messages he sent her, but tolerated it because of the money he gave her.
Miss Gilmore told the court Bowyer would often visit Mr Suller’s Harold Street home in Pontnewydd, “shouting his mouth off”
and had to be taken away by police.
She said Mr Suller told her he thought Bowyer was responsible for threatening phone calls to his home, but she did not believe him.
Jurors heard Bowyer, who had been violent towards Miss Gilmore a few times, pushing her and dragging her down the street by her hair, called her on the day Mr Suller was found dead, asking her to come to Newport. A few hours later, police came to arrest her at his home in connection with the murder investigation, but she was later released without charge.
Victim was scared, jury told
MR SULLER’S friend Paula Petit told the jury the Dr Who extra was “anxious” and “frightened” in the weeks before his death.
She claims this was down to text messages, one containing threats to kill him, that he believed had been sent by Miss Gilmore and Bowyer. She said he told police, but didn’t want them to take action, fearing it would make the situation worse.
Instead, he had extra security put in his home, including window alarms, and always carried a personal attack alarm. Also giving evidence yesterday was Mr Suller’s neighbour Diane Green, who said the fatherof- two was besotted with Miss Gilmore.
She said women often took advantage of him and a previous girlfriend had stolen his bank card and emptied his account.