Man handed life sentence for murder of girlfriend

|News, Violent crime , Domestic abuse

A man who went to his girlfriend’s flat and stabbed her 26 times with a kitchen knife has been handed a life sentence for her murder at Swansea Crown Court.

John Paul Lewis, 57, had been in a relationship with Terrie-Ann Jones for some months, during which he had been violent towards her.

Miss Jones decided to end the relationship in January 2018.

On January 5 Lewis drank at a pub in Briton Ferry before going to Miss Jones’s home and killing her. He changed his clothes and returned to the pub to continue drinking before attending Sandfields Police Station in Port Talbot to hand himself in.

Huw Rogers, from the CPS, said: “John Paul Lewis carried out an extremely violent, deliberate attack.

“Despite the extensive injuries to the victim, Lewis maintained he was acting in self-defence. 

“The CPS worked with the police throughout the investigative process, building a strong case to present to the jury, leading to this verdict.

“Our thanks go to the witnesses in the case for their cooperation in bringing Lewis to justice, and to Terri-Ann’s family and friends for their support.

“Whilst the conclusion of the case is never able to change events, we hope it will help them to move forward.”

John Paul Lewis was sentenced to life imprisonment on 11 July 2018 and was ordered to serve a minimum of 19 years in prison.

Notes to editors

  • Huw Rogers is Head of the Crown Court Unit in CPS Cymru-Wales.
  • John Paul Lewis (DOB: 13/7/61) killed Terrie-Ann Jones on 5 January 2018.
  • Terrie-Ann Jones was aged 33 when she died.

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