Every third day, in our #EveryThreeDays campaign, I write about a woman killed by a man. Previously in this campaign, which started on 2nd May 2021, I have remembered 85 women – the last being Marjorie Elphick, who was murdered by her husband, Edgar.
Today we remember the mother of one Georgina Symonds, 25, – who worked as the personal escort of a millionaire Peter Morgan paying Georgina £10,000 per month in South Wales.
Georgina was murdered by Morgan in January 2016, with him claiming that she was blackmailing him. He admitted to killing her but denied murder on the grounds of diminished responsibility but was found guilty at Newport Crown Court, receiving a life sentence.
During sentencing, the Judge, Mr Justice Garnham, told Morgan:
“You have been convicted of the murder by strangulation of Georgina Symonds. The murder of a woman you said you loved. In my judgement, this was carefully planned and calmly executed. You killed her out of cold anger at what you discovered she had done and out of fear of what she might do. When listening to her conversations, you learned that she had no respect for you and no time for you. You might have loved her – she didn’t even like you.”
Georgina’s mother, Deborah, said her killing had been a
“devastating tragedy” for the family. “Her [Georgina’s] beautiful daughter has been left without a mum. Georgina has left a hole in our lives that will never be repaired. All of our happy memories will be kept forever in our hearts,” she added.
Speaking after the verdict was delivered, Det Supt Roger Fortey, of Gwent Police, said:
“This is a tragic case that resulted in the death of Georgina, the loss of a mother, daughter, sister and friend to many. The actions of Peter Morgan were calculated and he committed the act without emotion.”