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Wrexham murderer sentenced to life imprisonment

|News, Violent crime

A 42-year-old man has been sentenced to life imprisonment at Mold Crown Court for murdering his friend.

Barry Bagnall killed Terry Edwards in his own home in Caia Park, Wrexham, leaving him in his bed.  Neighbours raised concerns with the police due to not seeing Mr Edwards for some time resulting in the police forcing entry to the property and discovering the body.

A post-mortem examination concluded that the cause of death was two severe blunt force head injuries.

During the trial the jury heard that the defendant’s DNA was found on the duvet covering Mr Edwards, and cans of alcohol within the property. They also heard evidence that Barry Bagnall had told a serving prisoner details of the crime that had not been made public, and said he was going to try and get away with it.

Barry Bagnall was also convicted of attempting to pervert the course of justice due to trying to persuade a key witness in the investigation to mislead the police.

Karen Dixon of the CPS said: “Any loss of life is tragic, but especially so when it’s caused by violence.

“The investigative work carried out allowed the CPS to robustly present a strong case to the jury.

“Terry Edwards lost his life in terrible circumstances. His friends and family remain in our thoughts and we hope they can take some comfort in knowing his killer has been brought to justice.”

Barry Bagnall was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder and ordered to serve a minimum of 18 years. He was also sentenced for the offence of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Notes to editors

  • Karen Dixon is a District Crown Prosecutor in CPS Cymru/Wales
  • Barry Bagnall (DOB: 2/3/79) was convicted of murder (28/5/20 – 31/5/20) and attempting to pervert the course of justice (30/5/20 – 13/6/20)
  • Sentence took place on 19 July 2021
  • There was no separate penalty for the offence of attempting to pervert the course of justice
  • Terry Edwards died aged 60 years old.

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