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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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