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Woman sentenced for murder of family friend

|News, Violent crime

A Caerphilly woman who stabbed a family friend has been sentenced to life imprisonment at Cardiff Crown Court.

Rebecca Press, 32, was at her mother’s house in New Tredegar when she killed Marc Ash who was a neighbour and family friend.

Press had taken Valium earlier that day before going out drinking with Marc Ash.  She returned to her mother’s property and became increasingly upset.

Marc Ash tried to calm Rebecca Press down but she stabbed him once to the chest.

Millie Davies of the CPS said: “Rebecca Press killed Marc Ash, her mother’s neighbour and best friend, in a senseless act of gratuitous violence whilst under the influence of drink and drugs.

“During the course of the evidence being presented to the jury by the CPS, Press decided to change her plea, pleading guilty to murder.

“Marc Ash was simply trying to help a friend in distress, a decision which tragically cost him his life.  Our thoughts remain with his family and friends.”

Rebecca Press was sentenced to life imprisonment on 26 January 2023 and ordered to serve a minimum of 20 years' imprisonment.

Notes to editors

  • Millie Davies is a Senior Crown Prosecutor in CPS Cymru-Wales.
  • Rebecca Press (DOB: 4/6/1991) pleaded guilty to murder, contrary to Common Law.
  • Richard Marc Ash died on 17 July 2022 aged 57 years.

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