Married businessman stabbed to death by lover, inquest hears

Married businessman found stabbed to death at his girlfriend’s house where she also lay dead was leading secret triple life with three women who nothing about each other, inquest hears

  • Gary Williams, 58, from Swansea, was found dead days after Christmas last year 
  • He had been cheating on wife-of-40-years Elaine with another woman since 1991
  • In 2014 he started a third relationship with unwitting Jessena Sheridan, 46 
  • He was stabbed to death at Jessena’s home, Jessena was also found dead nearby

A married businessman who was leading a triple life with three different women was found stabbed to death by one of his secret lovers who then killed herself, an inquest heard.

Gary Williams, 58, from Swansea, South Wales, was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who had two other women on the go.

On Christmas Eve last year the Caravan dealer told his wife Elaine he was away on business, intending to spend the night with Jessena Sheridan, 46.

The inquest heard there was a mystery ‘altercation’ between the pair and they were both found dead in Miss Sheridan’s home. 

Mr Williams had been married to Elaine for almost 40 years but was having an affair with another woman since 1991. 

He started a third relationship with Ms Sheridan in 2014 and neither women knew of each other’s existence.

Gary Williams, 58, from Swansea, South Wales, was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who had two other women on the go.

Coroner’s officer Malcolm Thompson told the hearing: ‘Unbeknown to his family, it would appear that Gary had been leading a triple life.

‘Since 1991 Gary had been involved in an affair with a woman and would spend several nights a week with her.

‘He had informed her he was separated from his wife and had a son living abroad. She regarded themselves as partners.

‘He was also having an affair with Jessena Sheridan and attended her home on December 24 last year after leaving his family home.’

The inquest heard Mr Williams had spent the morning of Christmas Eve looking after his two grandchildren at the couple’s home in Swansea, South Wales.

The crime scene at Lakefield Place in Llanelli, Wales, where Gary Williams, 58 and Jessena Wendy Ann Sheridan, 46, were found dead

He told his wife he had to deliver a caravan to Yorkshire and would be back on Christmas morning. His family never saw him alive again.

Miss Sheridan’s family received a text from her on Christmas Day and raised the alarm when they failed to hear from her again.

They went to her home in Llanelli on December 29 where they saw a white cardboard placard in the door.

Mr Thompson said: ‘It told them not to enter, to call the police and also what her intention was.’

Father-of-one Mr Williams was found naked in an upstairs bedroom with multiple stab wounds to the neck and chest along with arm injuries where he’s tried to fend his lover off.

Police officers were called to the property in Llanelli at just after 8.30pm on Sunday, December 29 2019

Mr Thompson said: ‘The walls and floor were heavily bloodstained. Several knives of various sizes were found on the bedroom floor.

Miss Sheridan’s body was found nearby with fatal knife wounds to the wrists and arms.

Carmarthenshire Coroner Paul Bennett said: ‘There are no clear details of what took place other than there must have been some sort of altercation between Gary and Miss Sheridan.

‘The tragedy is not knowing what it was that led to this terrible series of events and what the intention of Mr Williams’s assailant at the time.’

Recording a verdict of unlawful killing, the coroner said it was a ‘particularly difficult’ case because of Mr Williams’s love life.

He said: ‘It is not disputed Gary Williams had been living a triple and somewhat complicated life.

‘Not only was Mr Williams married but he had a partner and was also having an affair with Jessena Sheridan.

‘This relationship was secretly kept from both Gary’s wife and his partner.

‘He had been able to separate these relationships entirely without either his wife or long-term partner having any knowledge of his further involvement with Miss Sheridan.’

A separate inquest on Miss Sheridan was held three hours later to keep the two families of the deceased businessman and his lover apart.

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