Care Worker’s Death: Man To Face Trial

A 52-year-old man will go on trial at Cardiff Crown Court charged with the murder of care worker Beverley Parkhouse. Royston David Moore, of Nantymoel Road, Nantymoel, near Bridgend, was due to appear at Pontypridd Magistrate’s Court yesterday but remained in the cells during the short hearing.

He was unable to climb the stairs after a car crash two weeks ago and can only walk with the aid of a zimmer frame.

Mrs Parkhouse, 45, was found dead by her father in his burnt-out bedroom at his house in Ogmore Vale on September 4. That night she had been out with friends at the Top Club in Nantymoel before taking a taxi back to her father’s home.

Moore’s solicitor, Jonathan David, applied to have the case heard in the defendant’s absence because he had recently suffered a suspected stroke and would find it difficult to make it into the court room from the cells.

Magistrates’ chairman, Warwick Butler, agreed to the application and adjourned the case until Friday when it will appear before Cardiff Crown Court. No application for bail was made and Moore was remanded in custody.