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Wrexham man sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering girlfriend

|News, Violent crime , Domestic abuse

A man who strangled his girlfriend and called 999 the following day to report her death has been sentenced to life imprisonment at Cardiff Crown Court.

Madog Rowlands, 23, used his bare hands to strangle his girlfriend, Lauren Griffiths, at their Cathays flat in Cardiff. After the killing he was seen on CCTV going to a local shop and leaving with goods. He also withdrew money from a cashpoint from both his and his late girlfriend’s account, before returning to the flat and wrapping her legs in cling film.

Over the next 24 hours, Rowlands ordered drugs and takeaway food to be delivered to the flat before he reported the death.

Police found messages written on the walls when they arrived at the flat along with a prepared transcript Rowlands used when he reported the death.

Rowlands told the police he had a fight with his girlfriend and during which he strangled her while defending himself and lost consciousness.

Millie Davies of the CPS said: “Expert medical evidence was placed before the jury showing that Rowlands would not have been able to strangle his girlfriend if he’d lost consciousness, and therefore would have been aware of what he was doing.

“His actions were deliberate, and the jury’s verdict reflects that.

“A young woman tragically lost her life at the hands of her partner. Our thoughts are with her friends and family and we hope they can find some comfort in the knowledge that the person responsible will face the consequences of his actions.”

Madog Rowlands was sentenced to life imprisonment on 26 February 2021 and ordered to serve a minimum of 18 years' imprisonment.

Notes to editors

  • Millie Davies is a Senior Crown Prosecutor in CPS Cymru-Wales
  • Madog Rowlands (DOB: 29/4/97) was convicted of murder following trial
  • Lauren Griffiths died on 29 April 2019 at the age of 21 years.

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