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A PUB chef who beat his girl­friend to death be­cause he was para­noid she was cheat­ing on him has been jailed for life.

Jor­dan Matthews, 24, will serve a min­i­mum of 18 years be­hind bars for the “re­lent­less and re­morse­less” at­tack on stu­dent Xixi Bi.

Matthews struck 24-year-old Miss Bi with dozens of blows af­ter see­ing what he be­lieved to be a mes­sage from the dat­ing app Tin­der on her phone.

Miss Bi suf­fered 41 in­juries, in­clud­ing mas­sive bruis­ing and mul­ti­ple frac­tures in the pro­longed as­sault that started at 1.30am on Au­gust 19 last year at their flat in Llandaff, Cardiff, South Wales.

At 8.30am she col­lapsed due to com­pli­ca­tions from her in­juries, which in­cluded a bro­ken jaw and ribs, and Matthews called 999.

Matthews pleaded guilty to man­slaugh­ter but de­nied mur­der. A jury re­jected his claim he had not in­tended to hurt Miss Bi and found him guilty of mur­der af­ter a 10-day trial.

Sen­tenc­ing him at Cardiff Crown Court, Mrs Jus­tice Ni­cola Davies said the as­sault was the “tragic cul­mi­na­tion” of a course of phys­i­cal and ver­bal abuse over a num­ber of months.

She said: “You lied and lied again in or­der to at­tempt to ex­cul­pate your­self from the over­whelm­ing ev­i­dence that dur­ing the early hours of Au­gust 19 2016 you re­lent­lessly and re­morse­lessly in­flicted phys­i­cal in­jury upon a de­fence­less young woman.”

Mrs Jus­tice Davies out­lined the abu­sive re­la­tion­ship be­tween Matthews and Miss Bi from when they met in April 2015.

Friends and Xixi’s brother, BLOWS: ‘Para­noid’ Matthews at­tacked Xixi Bi Zexun, saw her be­come qui­eter, thin­ner and more with­drawn, and neigh­bours heard Matthews shout­ing at her.

They told the court they heard him say things such as: “I don’t want to do this, I’ve got to pun­ish you for what you have done”, and: “If you don’t suck my dick, I’m go­ing to hit you.”

Miss Bi was seen to have black eyes and stopped tak­ing care of her ap­pear­ance.

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