Man jailed for killing Birmingham student

14/02/2013

Daniel Jones was today sentenced at Wolverhampton Crown Court to 10 years’ imprisonment for the manslaughter of a Birmingham student who was found dead in his flat in Tipton, West Midlands on 8 April 2012.

Following a three week trial, the 27 year-old was cleared of his ex-girlfriend's murder, but he had previously pleaded guilty of her manslaughter. 

Hayley Firman, Head of the West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service's Public Protection Unit, said:

"Ms Da In Lee, a South Korean national, had been living in Birmingham and studying at Aston University, and it was during this time that she had met Daniel Jones and formed a relationship with him, a relationship which neighbours would describe as being volatile. 

"This culminated in April 2012 when, following a heated argument, Jones pushed Lee to the floor and tried to restrain her by applying pressure to her neck. This fatal action ultimately led to her death.

"He then left the body in his flat and fled the scene to Bristol where he contacted his ex-partner and confessed to her and her family what he had done. His ex-partner then alerted the police.

"Jones then unsuccessfully tried to use the victim's debit card to book a one-way ticket to New York. Failing this attempt to escape justice, he was spotted at Bristol's Temple Meads railway station where he was arrested by the police and brought back to the West Midlands where he has today been sentenced for Ms Lee's manslaughter.

"Like many foreign students, Ms Lee had arrived in Birmingham to further her education as well as sampling what the city has to offer. Jones took all this away from her.

"Out thoughts are today with Me Lee's family and friends."