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 BRIAN LEWIS

 


Name:

Brian Lewis

AKA:

Charlie

D.O.B:

1978
Kill Total:

2

Kill date:

March 2007

Kill Place:

Tredegar, Caerphilly

Status:

Married

Occupation:

Unemployed
Victim:

Hayley Jones

D.O.B:

1981

 


 

Court:

Cardiff Crown
Case No: T20097201

Judge:

Mr Justice R Evans

Prosecution:

Mark Evans QC

Defence:

Peter Murphy QC

 

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Hayley Jones and Brian Lewis were childhood sweethearts and had been together for thirteen years, having four children.

 

Sunday 12th March 2007,  Lewis attacked Ms Jones with a kitchen knife in the middle of the night as she was sleeping on the settee at their home, stabbing her through three layers of clothing and two sleeping bag, and then strangling her. Two of the children were at the top of the stairs and heard everything.

He then dialled 999 and told police to come to the house but fled the scene, leaving the couple's four children to find their mother's body, before he later gave himself up at a local police station.
 

September 2009, The trial of Brian Lewis starts at Cardiff Crown Court. Lewis denies murder, saying he just wanted to touch the sleeping bag, but misjudged. The jury heard the defendant told police in interview that he had the knife in his hands at the time of getting into a scuffle with his partner because he was trimming his fingernails. The whole argument started after there had been a strain in the relationship, and Ms. Jones had changed her relationship status on the social networking website "FACEBOOK" to single, she had also been spending many hours each day on the website.

 

10th September 2009, The jury retire to consider verdict. The jury took just hours to find Lewis guilty.

The judge sentenced him to life with a minimum of 14 years. The judge said: "There was no provocation - this arose because you were frustrated, angry and hurt. You had been building up your anger...She did nothing or said nothing which could have acted as a trigger for this".

 

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