Son in court accused of murdering dad and trying to kill mum

A son accused of murdering his father and attempting to murder his mother has appeared in crown court.

Garvey Gayle, 21, is accused of the murder of his father Michael Gayle and the attempted murder of his mother Amanda Brookes in St Mellons, Cardiff, on October 16.

The defendant appeared at Cardiff Crown Court on Tuesday for a short preliminary hearing in which prosecutor Michael Jones QC said he was “charged with murder and attempted murder of his parents”.

When asked by the court clerk to confirm if he was Garvey Gayle the defendant replied: “No, Jesus Christ”.

Garvey Gayle, of Cypress Crescent, St Mellons, faces one charge of murder and one of attempted murder.

Judge Michael Fitton QC told the defendant that his trial was scheduled to begin on May 17, 2021.

Garvey Gayle, who appeared without any legal representation, was remanded in custody ahead of a further hearing on Thursday, October 29.

In a family tribute released on Sunday 54-year-old Michael Gayle was described as a “gentle, loving man who doted on his lifelong partner, Amanda, and their four children”.

Michael Gayle
Michael Gayle
(Image: South Wales Police)

The tribute said: “He was an adoring granddad with the kindest heart whose smile always lit up the room.

“Michael enjoyed a private life with his family close at all times.

“Michael’s way of life did not associate with death – he believed life is eternal. Although we will soon be laying him to rest it was important to him that we know he is forever present and his soul lives on. We take peace from that.

“He spent his life loving, guiding and protecting us.

“We thank everyone for their heartfelt messages at this difficult time and we appreciate your support.”

WalesOnline – Cardiff