Dad GARY FISHER is accused of stabbing his 17-year-old daughter to death.
Father of stabbed teenager in court
Aug 7 2009
by Tryst Williams, Western Mail
A FATHER appeared in court yesterday accused of stabbing his teenage daughter to death.
Heavily-tattooed Gary Fisher, 47, is charged with the murder of childcare student Chanelle Sasha Jones, 17.
The teenager, known as Sasha, was found dead in the back of a Ford Fiesta which police stopped using a stinger device.
Fisher was injured in the incident on the A487 between Aberaeron and Aberarth on Sunday.
He was arrested at the scene but spent two days in hospital recovering from injuries suffered in the stinger incident, when his car hit a camper van parked in a lay-by.
Fisher spoke only to confirm his name and details during a brief appearance at Llanelli Magistrates Court yesterday.
He was dressed in a long-sleeved black jumper and jeans and has snake tattoos down both sides of his head.
Fisher of Solihull, West Midlands, also had facial injuries which were caused when his car was brought to a stop.
He was remanded in custody until August 14 when he will appear at Crown Court.
Meanwhile, Ceredigion coroner Peter Brunton yesterday opened an inquest in relation to Sasha’s death.
Evidence of identification was taken and the inquest was adjourned to a date to be fixed.
Sasha was reported missing from her home in Golwg Y Castell, Cardigan, on Sunday and police were told she may be in a beige Ford Fiesta.
That evening, Dyfed Powys Police pursued the Fiesta for 20 miles before using the stinger device, normally used to stop joyriders in their tracks by puncturing the car’s tyres.
They found Sasha’s body in the car – she had been fatally stabbed earlier. Shortly afterwards, a forensics tent was erected in a car park near the Angel Hotel in Cardigan, around 20 miles away from where her body was found.
In a statement through police her heartbroken mother Jayne, 44, said: “My beautiful daughter has been taken from us due to a cruel set of circumstances.
“She has been through so much in her short life and I was and we all are so proud of how she was turning her life around for the better and she now had so many ambitions. She was my lovely daughter who will be so sadly missed by her sister and two brothers and all her family and her boyfriend Brian. We all love you and miss you darling babe.”
Flowers have been laid at the scene where Sasha’s body was found and outside her home in Cardigan.
The incident has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission, who will investigate whether Dyfed Powys Police reacted properly after Sasha was reported missing.
The IPCC will also look into whether police could have acted on any intelligence they already had on file.
IPCC Commissioner for Wales Tom Davies said: “The IPCC will be looking at whether the police response to the missing person report was proportionate and timely.
“They will also look at the force’s missing person risk assessment and whether the police had any previous intelligence to take account of.
“The police murder investigation will take primacy at this stage. But I would like to assure Sasha’s family and the public that the IPCC will ensure that its investigation will not impede the Dyfed-Powys Police criminal investigation.”
Police were last night still trying to trace the movements of the beige 2003 plate Ford Fiesta last Sunday.
It is believed to have been on the A40 between Haverfordwest and St Clears and in the Lampeter, Poppit Sands and Gwbert-on-Sea areas.