A MAN has appeared in court charged with the murder of an Ystrad Mynach man.

Gareth Wyn Jones, 28, of Tresillian House, Custom House Street, Cardiff, appeared at Cardiff Magistrates’ Court on yesterday charged with the murder of David Alun Lewis, 45.

He also appeared in Cardiff Crown Court today where a plea and case management hearing was set for June 3.

Mr Lewis body was found partially submerged in the water on the Taff Embankment side of the River Taff, beneath Penarth Road bridge in Cardiff last Wednesday.

In a tribute to their son, Mr Lewis’ parents Netty and Glyndwr said: “This is so sad. We love David so much and our lives will never be the same again.”

Police are appealing for information.

Detective Superintendent Paul Hurley, of the South Wales Police Specialist Crime Investigations Team, said: “I would like to thank those people who have come forward with information which has greatly assisted our investigation.

“While an individual has now been charged and remains in custody, we are still very much appealing for witnesses.”

Mr Lewis was last seen on CCTV at approximately 7.45pm on Wednesday walking along Penarth Road near the Big Yellow Storage opposite the BMW garage.

He was wearing light blue jeans, a navy anorak-style jacket, and a light-coloured baseball cap with the wording ‘cross hatch’.

He may have been in possession of a black holdall.

Det Supt Hurley said: “We would like to speak to anyone who may have been in the vicinity of the bridge on Penarth Road and the Taff Embankment between 7.30pm and 8.30pm on Wednesday, March 19."

Anyone with information is urged to call the incident room in confidence on 02920 571 530, South Wales Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting occurrence number 1400093541.