Christopher May convicted of Tracey Woodford murder


A man who killed and dismembered a woman in Pontypridd has been found guilty of murder after a trial at Cardiff Crown Court.

During the trial, the court heard that Christopher May murdered Tracey Woodford in a sexually-motivated attack, after leaving a Pontypridd pub with her in April this year. Having killed her,  May dismembered Ms Woodford's body before attempting to dispose of parts of it in a storm drain in the town. Police also discovered a number of body parts at May's Pontypridd flat.

May had denied murder, claiming to have acted in self-defence. But a jury took less than an hour to reject his version of events and find him guilty of murder.

Speaking after the verdict Richard Killick, Senior Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service Cymru-Wales, said: "Christopher May is responsible for a brutal, heinous attack on Tracey Woodford. Having killed her, he compounded his dreadful actions by attempting to conceal her body in the most horrific circumstances and then concocting a story based on wicked and deliberate lies in order to explain what he had done.

"The jury saw through these lies and convicted May, thereby ensuring that he is made to face justice for his actions.

"I would like to thank all those who have played a part in helping to build a strong prosecution case against May, including all those who provided information or statements that assisted the investigation and prosecution teams.

"We should not forget that this has been, and remains, an extremely difficult time for those close to Tracey Woodford. I hope that today's verdict will be of some comfort to them as they continue to deal with the effects of her loss."