Teenager In Court Over Former Parklands Care Home Midwife’s Death

A teenage boy appeared in court today charged with murder following the discovery of a woman’s body.

The 17-year-old, who cannot be identified, was remanded in custody following a brief hearing at Caerphilly magistrates’ court in connection with the death of retired midwife Susan Williams, 58.

Magistrates chairwoman Gillian Rogers adjourned the case until tomorrow when the defendant will appear before Cwmbran Youth Court.

As part of the murder investigation Gwent Police also arrested a 40-year-old man in connection with the death and a 23-year-old woman on suspicion of assisting an offender and witness intimidation.

Both people have been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

A tribute from the family of Susan Williams was issued through the police earlier today.

Her family said: “Susan devoted 30 years of her life to serving the community in Caerphilly and the Rhymney Valley as well as a respected midwife.

“She worked both in the maternity department of the Caerphilly Miners Hospital and as a district midwife, visiting and caring for patients in all parts of the Rhymney Valley.

“During that time she witnessed, with pride and satisfaction, some of the thousands of babies she delivered become parents themselves, many of whom remained friends with Susan until her life was taken from her.

“She also worked as a senior sister at Parklands Care Home in Bedwas, caring for the elderly and infirm and was much loved by the residents and fellow staff members.

“She was a naturally kind and caring person, a mother and grandmother who would not hesitate to help anyone in distress, be it a friend or a stranger.

“The community has lost a true carer and she will be sadly missed.

“Her family wish to thank everyone for their help and support at this very difficult time.’’