16th Century castle where millionaire tycoon strangled escort girlfriend in jealous rage on sale for under £1m

A CASTLE where a millionaire strangled his escort girlfriend in a jealous rage is up for sale for nearly £1m.

Businessman Peter Morgan is serving a life sentence for the murder of Georgina Symonds who was killed at a bungalow on the grounds of Pencoed Castle in Llanmartin, south Wales in 2016.



The bungalow is also up for auction along with the historic landmark which consists of various properties including barns, a farmhouse and a gatehouse.

It's guide price is upwards of £950,000.

According to the auction house, the sale comes with planning permission to restore the Grade II-listed castle which was built in the 16th century.

But despite the site being hundreds of years old, it's the grisly 2016 murder which it is most closely associated with.

Morgan, then aged 54, was jailed for life in December 2016 for strangling Georgina Symonds, 25, with a homemade ligature after he found out she was planning to "fleece him" and work for other men.

After killing the £10K-a-month escort, the businessman wrapped her body in polythene and dumped it in a workshop at his martial home.

He later confessed to officers that he had "intentions to kill her" after fearing she was going to blackmail him after he heard her on a listening device say she was going to leave him and work in London.



Morgan was jailed for life, with a minimum of 25 years, for the "carefully planned and calmly executed" murder, which a judge said was done "in cold anger".

Mr Justice Neil Garnham QC refused to accept Morgan's defence that he suffered from Asperger Syndrome and had no option but to kill Georgina because of a loss of control.

He said Morgan put a towel over Georgina's face while he strangled her with a ligature made from bailing twine before hiding her body in a farm building.

Morgan, who is worth £20million, had kept his tryst with the former burlesque dancer a secret from his family – including his dad, the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Gwent, David Morgan.

He lavished the mum-of-one, from Newport, Gwent, with spa days, helicopter rides and shopping trips as well as £10,000 a month spending money, while living with wife Helen and their two teen daughters.

One of his purchases was 45-room Pencoed Castle where Georgina was able to live rent-free.

He bugged the property and admitted listening to her conversations more than 500 times before murdering her.

It is not known if Mr Morgan still owns the sprawling castle and its other buildings.

The three storey main house boasts arched doors, huge fireplaces and a great hall.

According to the auctioneers, the former farmhouse is now split into three apartments.

The planning consent which comes with the site includes permission to build 12 new homes there.

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