Spurned ex-boyfriend jailed for the murder of Ellie Gould

|News, Violent crime

A spurned teenager who murdered his 17-year-old girlfriend after she ended their relationship has been sentenced to Life in prison with a minimum term of 12 years and six months.

Thomas Griffiths, 18, and Ellie Gould had been in a relationship since January 2019, but in early May, Ellie Gould broke up with him.

The court heard how Griffiths did not take the decision well and made plans to kill his teenage ex-girlfriend. On the day of her murder, he initially attended his Wiltshire school then pretended he was ill and hid in a wardrobe at his home until his mum went to work.

Griffiths drove his mother’s car to Ellie Gould’s house and brutally killed her before returning to school and texting her in an attempt to cover his tracks and show he thought she was still alive.

Following the conviction, Dan O’Neill of the CPS, said: “Ellie Gould split from Thomas Griffiths because she felt suffocated by his attention and it is chilling to think that her concerns became reality.

“Thomas Griffiths did not accept the separation and went to Ellie’s home with the intention to kill her. The evidence showed that he grabbed her throat and stabbed her 13 times in the neck, while she tried in vain to fight back.

“He committed an act of extreme violence, depriving Ellie, who was described as bubbly, kind and loving, of her future.

“Griffiths has accepted his actions by pleading guilty at an early stage but he committed the worst crime against a person because he could not accept her decision to leave him.

“Our thoughts are with Ellie’s parents, brother and family who are still trying to understand how a young man they welcomed into their home was capable of taking the life of their beloved daughter.”

Thomas Griffiths, 18, of Derry Hill, Wiltshire, was today at Bristol Crown Court sentenced to 12 years and six months for the murder of Ellie Gould.

Notes to editors

  • Dan O’Neill is a Senior Lawyer for the Crown Prosecution Service Wessex

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