Grandfather guilty of Amelia Jones murder


A Cwmbran man has been sentenced to life imprisonment, with a minimum term of 25 years, after being found guilty of murdering his five-week-old granddaughter.

During the trial at Newport Crown Court, the jury heard that Mark Jones fractured Amelia Jones' skull when he was supposed to be looking after her.

Jones claimed that on one occasion he had fallen with Amelia in his arms - and on another he had passed out while holding her. The prosecution argued that the injuries suffered by Amelia could not have been accidental.

Speaking after the sentencing, Leighton Mawer, Senior Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service Wales, said:

"Mark Jones presented an explanation for Amelia's injuries that neither police nor prosecutors accepted. Our consideration of all the available evidence - including that of a number of medical experts - led us to the conclusion that he was indeed responsible for Amelia's death. A jury has now reached the same conclusion.

"I would like to thank all those who have played a part in ensuring that this case has been dealt with fairly in court. In particular, all those who appeared as witnesses or provided statements to the police.

"The criminal trial process has undoubtedly been an extremely challenging time for Amelia's family. We hope that its conclusion will provide some small measure of relief and comfort to them, as they continue to deal with the loss of Amelia."