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ON Fe­bru­ary 25, 2016, a friend vis­ited Chris­tine James and they went out for lunch in Cardiff Bay. Af­ter­wards she had a hair­cut. She told the hair­dresser she was go­ing on hol­i­day in Florida and planned to move house on her re­turn. It was not to be. Days later, on March 2, Mrs James’ body was dis­cov­ered in her hall­way on top of a sex toy.

She was last seen at Cardiff Bay’s Dubrovnik House flats on Fe­bru­ary 26, be­hind the wheel of her 13-plate BMW. The alarm was raised when she did not show up at Gatwick Air­port the next day.

Ini­tially, a 66-year-old man was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of mur­der. He was re­leased on bail.

The same day her neigh­bour, Kris Wade, was ar­rested.

In Septem­ber the 36-year-old pleaded guilty to mur­der­ing Mrs James af­ter she re­jected his ad­vances.

He had slit the throat of his 65-yearold vic­tim.

When he ap­peared at Cardiff Crown Court via video link, Wade’s bar­ris­ter said his client had “no rec- ol­lec­tion of the in­ci­dent”.

Sen­tenc­ing was ad­journed un­til Septem­ber 22. He was jailed for 21 years.

Pros­e­cu­tor Paul Lewis QC ac­knowl­edged there were no signs of any sex­ual in­juries on Mrs James and that there was no ev­i­dence of sex be­tween them.

But he said: “The ball gag used, to­gether with the blood­stained hand­cuffs, gives rise to the over­whelm­ing be­lief that the killing of Mrs James was sex­u­ally mo­ti­vated.”

Mrs James’ son told the court his mother’s death was a “sense­less, bru­tal mur­der in her own home”.

“She was a gen­tle, lov­ing mother and grand­mother,” he said. “We can only spec­u­late about what took place, a sus­tained and bar­baric at­tack that may have taken place over sev­eral hours or two days.”

Mr Jus­tice Wyn Wil­liams said Mrs James was sub­jected to “bru­tal and sav­age vi­o­lence”.

In the days af­ter he was locked up it emerged Wade been left free to kill af­ter the CPS ad­vised po­lice not to charge him fol­low­ing al­le­ga­tions he had at­tacked three women with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties on a unit where he worked. Wade was never ar­rested, de­spite the sep­a­rate vic­tims claim­ing a “sim­i­lar pat­tern” of of­fend­ing.

In­stead he was ques­tioned under cau­tion by South Wales po­lice in 2013.

Wade was even al­lowed to re­turn to work­ing with vul­ner­a­ble pa­tients af­ter the first vic­tim came for­ward in 2012.

Killer Kris Wade was jailed for life for the mur­der of his neigh­bour Chris­tine James at this block of flats in Cen­tury Wharf, Cardiff

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