Life sentence for Trecco Bay murderer

03/06/2015

A man who beat a teenager to death in a case of mistaken identity has been jailed for life at Cardiff Crown Court.

David Braddon, from Caerphilly, had admitted attacking 18-year-old Conner Marshall, from Barry at Trecco Bay caravan park in Porthcawl.

The court heard that Braddon beat his victim with a pole whilst in an alcohol and drug-fuelled rage, having mistaken him for someone else.

Jeff Mark, Senior Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service Wales, said:

"In March this year, Conner Marshall set off for Porthcawl to visit friends at a holiday park. Tragically, he ended up losing his life as a result of a senseless, brutal and sustained attack by David Braddon.

"Braddon admitted that at the time of the attack he was angry and intoxicated. He had been drinking heavily, taking drugs and was out of control. This was a case of mistaken identity and it seems that Conner was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

"I would like to thank all those who supported the investigation and prosecution of this case. In particular, all those who were willing to come to court to give evidence as witnesses or provide statements to the police. The strength of the case we were able to build against Braddon ultimately led to his guilty plea, which has at least spared Conner's family and friends from having to go through a full criminal trial process in order to obtain justice.

"Braddon now rightly faces a lengthy custodial sentence for his actions. The criminal justice system cannot hope to put right the wrongs he has committed, but we hope that today's sentencing will at least be of some assistance to Conners family and friends as they try to move forward with their lives."