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A lorry driver accused of murdering the boss of a recruitment agency subjected his victim and three other men to a terrifying four-hour ordeal at the company's offices in Pontypool, a court was told. Russell Carter, 52, denies murdering Kingsley Monk and the attempted murder of three employees of Driverline 247 in New Inn, Pontypool.
The prosecutor Mr Aubrey explained that Carter believed he was owed money by the firm and went on to say that Mr Monk had phoned Mr Carter after he did not turn up for a driving job as arranged the previous month, leaving a message saying: "Don't be a coward. Answer the phone you coward."
Mr Aubrey said: "It appears he [Carter] must have spent the few days after the call brooding, angry and resentful." Before going to the offices and tying up and gagging Mr Monk and employees Robert Lewis, Nathan Taylor and Gethin Heal with duct tape at gunpoint.
During the attack, Carter was said to have displayed "cold and ruthless determination and no regard or concern for the four victims of his brutality". The trial is expected to last up to three weeks.