80-year-old Man charged with murder in relation to car fire on Sketty Lane

A man has been charged with murder following an incident on Sketty Lane, Swansea, on Friday morning, 22nd September.


South Wales Police was called just after 8.20am by Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service to a report of a black Honda Jazz car on fire.


Emergency services attended and a man and woman were taken to hospital with burns. 77-year-old Helen Clarke died on Sunday evening, 24th September, in Morriston Hospital. Her family are being supported by specialist officers.

80-year-old David Clarke has been charged with murder. He appeared at Swansea Magistrates Court yesterday morning. He has been remanded into custody pending a hearing at Swansea Crown Court today.


Detective Chief Inspector Paul Raikes said:” Our thoughts remain with Helen’s family at this incredibly painful time. Detectives continue to work alongside other specialists to understand the full circumstances behind this incident.”

Helen Clarke


Helen’s family have issued the following statement: “Our families are trying to come to terms with the tragic passing of a mother, grandmother, and friend in un-characteristic circumstances. We are working with the police to ensure that responsible parties are sound of mind and held accountable. We request that we are given the privacy to deal with this tragedy as a family.”

Detectives are asking anyone who may have been in the area of Sketty Lane between 8am and 8.30am on Friday to get in touch. They are keen to hear from anyone who has dashcam footage. Anyone with information can contact us using the following link https://mipp.police.uk/operation/62SWP23B76-PO1.


Alternatively, you can use one of the following means quoting occurrence 2300321358.


🗪 Live Chat https://www.south-wales.police.uk

📧 Email swp101@south-wales.police.uk

📞 101


*Always call 999 in an emergency.*


To give information anonymously please contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via this link https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/forms/pre-form

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