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Killer sentenced for Adamsdown murder

|News, Violent crime

A Cardiff man who attacked his vulnerable neighbour for shouting at his dog has been sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 28 years, four years after he was tried and convicted of the same assault.

Raymond Burrell, 43, stood trial in March 2016 for the attack and was convicted of causing GBH with intent. He was sentenced in April 2016 to life imprisonment and ordered to serve a minimum of eight years. The catastrophic injuries he inflicted, however, resulted in the death of Matthew Sheehan, 36, in November 2017, prompting the CPS to charge him with murder.

A second trial in July 2020 heard expert medical evidence which proved the injuries causing the death came from the attack. Raymond Burrell told the jury he had not intended to cause really serious harm.

Whilst in a police vehicle following his arrest, Burrell defecated and smeared his shoes with excrement but traces of blood from the victim were still found on his shoes and jeans.

Catrin Attwell of the CPS said: “Raymond Burrell carried out a deliberate and relentless attack on a vulnerable man causing terrible multiple injuries, including to the head and brain, which ultimately led to Matthew’s death.

“Our thoughts are with Matthew’s family who have endured another trial, remaining strong and dignified. We thank them for their support throughout the court process.

“We hope that the conclusion of this case will give them some comfort, knowing that Matthew’s killer has been brought to justice.”

Raymond Burrell was sentenced to life imprisonment on 30 July 2020 and ordered to serve a minimum of 28 years.

Notes to editors

  • Catrin Attwell is a Senior Crown Prosecutor in CPS Cymru-Wales
  • The attack occurred on 1 September 2015
  • Raymond Burrell (DOB: 14/6/1977) was convicted of GBH with intent in April 2016
  • Matthew Sheehan died on 9 November 2017, aged 36
  • In July 2020 Raymond Burrell faced trial for murder and was convicted.

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