A husband accused of murdering his wife’s lover said he was “upset” she was enjoying sex with her secret partner more than with him, a murder trial heard today.
Andrew Jones, 53, is accused of shooting dead Michael O’Leary, 55, after luring him into a trap over his affair with wife.
Jones admitted meeting O’Leary but said he did not kill him.
Businessman Jones told police he became “upset” after finding his wife’s secret phone that she used to send intimate messages to Mr O’Leary.
A court heard Jones told officers: “I was upset about the sex stuff.
“He had done stuff with her that we had done and she enjoyed it more with him.”
He was interviewed by detectives after father-of-three Mr O’Leary was reported missing in January of this year but denied killing him.
Detective Constable Ed Cuthbertson told how he spoke to Jones about the relationship with wife Rhianon, 51.
DC Cuthbertson said Jones told him that he had found Rhianon’s second phone hidden under a pile of clothes with Mr O’Leary’s number listed under a nickname.
DC Cuthbertson said: “He said he found another phone in the house and Rhianon had her own phone with her at the time in the hospital.
“He found the phone in the mirrored wardrobe on a shelf under a pile of clothes.”
DC Cuthbertson said Jones then made a further statement about what led to the confrontation with Mr O’Leary.
He said that Jones told him: “Rhianon told me that she had done things together with Mike that they hadn’t done with their partners.”
Jones said Rhianon had “promised” him that the affair was over in September 2019 – only for him to find her secret phone the following January.
He said: “I was getting her pyjamas when I found the phone on the shelf. It was a white and gold iPhone I had never seen before.
“I could see messages between her and Mike.
“There were only two contacts in the phone – both were Mike.
“One was called Enfys Mason which I knew was a name she used for Mike.
“I messaged the contact Enfys Mason and asked if he wanted to meet up. I was pretending to be Rhianon.”
Jones said he arranged the meeting at Cyncoed Farm where he confronted Mr O’Leary about the affair.
He said: “Mike said they met up three times and had sex. He said he was besotted with her.
“I asked him what she liked with him more than me but he wouldn’t say.
“I said Rhianon and I were still having sex together. He told me that she told him it was over between us.
“I told him he had to choose between Rhianon and Sian.
“He said don’t make me do that, he said I can’t stop messaging Rhianon.”
He said both men were upset and crying but that Mr O’Leary left the farm safe and well.
He said: “Mike was upset and then he drove off in a silver Jeep, he was safe and well.”
Jones allegedly shot Mr O’Leary at the farm with a Colt .22 rifle before moving his body with a forklift truck to burn it.
Prosecutor William Hughes QC said: “Mike O’Leary was lured to this location expecting a private meeting with Rhianon 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.”
He added: “This was a carefully planned and well thought-out murder far from an accident.”
Jones, of Bronwydd, Carmarthen denies murder.
The trial at Swansea Crown Court, continues.