Man jailed for killing Cwmbran TV actor appeals to top judge
4:23pm Wednesday 6th February 2013 in News
A JEALOUS boyfriend jailed for life for killing a TV actor in his own home is asking the nation's top judge to overturn the jury's guilty verdict.
Barry Francis Bowyer, 38, battered Gary Suller to death after the actor confronted him during a break-in at the actor's home in Cwmbran, in September 2011, London's Appeal Court heard.
There was a history of tension between the two men, his QC, David Aubrey, told the court - partly fuelled by their involvement with the same woman.
Mr Suller, 45, was found trussed up at his home after he was attacked by Bowyer, of Cardigan Crescent, Croesyceiliog, the prosecution claimed.
Bowyer was jailed for life in July last year after he was convicted of murdering Mr Suller, who had parts in TV dramas such as Doctor Who and Casualty.
But Bowyer's case reached the Appeal Court as he challenged his conviction with claims that his defence of "loss of control" was not properly put before the jury.
His legal team claimed Bowyer attacked Mr Suller partly through fear of the other man, although the prosecution insisted it was the actor who lived in fear of his eventual murderer.
The judge who sentenced Bowyer said Mr Suller had been "so frightened" of him that he did his best to stay with friends and not return home.
Mr Aubrey said part of Bowyer's defence was that he "lost control" - partly because of the way Mr Suller had "vilified" his girlfriend, who he was said to have branded a prostitute.
"He said he had lost control because of a combination of a fear of serious violence at the hands of Gary Suller, and reacting to Mr Suller referring to her as a prostitute", said the QC.
However, Crown lawyers insist the murder conviction was "safe", pointing out that Bowyer resumed his attack on Mr Suller even after a short "pause" in the violence which should have allowed him to cool off.