80-year-old Man sentenced for murder of Helen Clarke

A man has been sentenced to life imprisonment, with a minimum term of 21 years and 8 months for the murder of 77-year-old Helen Clarke in Sketty, Swansea on Friday 22nd September 2023.


80-year-old David Clarke pleaded guilty to murder at Swansea Crown Court on Monday 5th February.

Helen’s family are being supported by specialist officers.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Raikes said: “This has been a challenging investigation due to its nature and circumstances.

“To this end, I would like to place on record our condolences to the family of Helen Clarke, and thank them for their cooperation and understanding during extremely difficult times for them.”

Helen’s family have issued the following statement:

From the Family of Helen Clarke


Our Mother was a loving, kind and courageous woman who greatly cherished her family, her friends, and the world at large.

She was strongly committed to her faith, had a laugh which would set a room alight, and a great appreciation for life and the beauty of the world.

Her passing in such a sudden and tragic manner has been devastating; and our grief is immeasurable. The situation we find ourselves in highlights the complexity and fragility of the human mind.

We have endured unimaginable pain since she was brutally taken from us – and our children miss their Granny, who was extremely proud of them, so very much. We continue to do our utmost to support and protect them as we navigate these very difficult circumstances.

The love, care and consideration of our extended family, friends and the local community is greatly appreciated and continues to be a source of comfort.

We wish to thank the first responders, both the public and the rescue services – we acknowledge your bravery and all you did that morning and beyond.

To the doctors, nurses and medical staff who cared for our mother and us with such dignity and respect through to the end, your compassion is exemplary.

To the police, the coroner’s office, the CPS, Victim Support, and our mother’s legal team, thank you for your continued support and professionalism in ensuring justice is achieved.

The process for our family has been extremely distressing and we are grateful for your sensitivity and guidance.

The system is however far from perfect, and we will continue to advocate for victim’s rights and legislative change.

Finally, whilst some may consider this a newsworthy story, it is our private tragedy – one that continues to have a dramatic impact not only on our mental well-being, but on our entire lives, particularly of our children. We ask that our privacy is respected as we continue to find the strength and fortitude to guide them through our family tragedy as best we can.

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