Ex-boyfriend sen­tenced for El­lie’s mur­der

Court: Judge jails 18-year-old for life

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS - BY CLAIRE HAYHURST

A boy who stabbed his for­mer girl­friend to death and then ar­ranged the scene to make it ap­pear as though she had in­flicted the fatal wounds her­self has been jailed for life.

Thomas Grif­fiths, now 18, at­tacked El­lie Gould, 17, at her home in Calne, Wilt­shire, on May 3 af­ter she ended their re­la­tion­ship to con­cen­trate on forth­com­ing ex­ams.

He car­ried out “the most ap­palling at­tack” on keen horse rider El­lie, who bravely tried to fight him off by scratch­ing his neck, be­fore leav­ing her ly­ing in a pool of blood, Bris­tol Crown Court heard.

Be­fore leav­ing the house, Grif­fiths “ar­ranged the scene” by plac­ing El­lie’s left hand on the han­dle of the knife, which he left in her neck.

Grif­fiths then at­tempted to clear up the scene be­fore driv­ing back to his home in nearby Derry Hill.

The school pre­fect told a neigh­bour that he had caused the scratches on his neck due to stress and asked her to drive him back to Har­den­huish School, which he and El­lie both at­tended.

He sought sup­port from a school ma­tron and his mother then drove him home, where she un­wit­tingly washed the clothes he had been wear­ing when he mur­dered El­lie.

El­lie’s fa­ther, Matthew Gould, re­turned home from work at 3pm to dis­cover his daugh­ter’s body.

Mr Jus­tice Garn­ham jailed Grif­fiths, who ad­mit­ted mur­der, for life and or­dered him to serve a min­i­mum of 12 years and six months in pri­son.

“The pain and ter­ror she must have suf­fered in her last mo­ments, as your fren­zied knife at­tack con­tin­ued, is beyond imag­in­ing,” the judge told Grif­fiths.

He added: “Not able to face up to what you had done, you then at­tempted to cover up this dread­ful crime.”

Sasha Wass QC, rep­re­sent­ing Grif­fiths, read a let­ter the teenager had sent to the court to apol­o­gise for his ac­tions.

“I have truly let my­self down and I hope one day I will be able to ex­plain to my­self and oth­ers why this hap­pened,” he wrote.

Speak­ing out­side court, De­tec­tive Chief In­spec­tor Jim Tay­lor said: “While I know that this pri­son sen­tence will not bring El­lie back, and 12-and-ahalf years no doubt seems in­signif­i­cant given the sever­ity of this crime and the colos­sal loss for this fam­ily, I hope that in some way it pro­vides them with some form of clo­sure.”

VIC­TIM: El­lie Gould’s for­mer boyfriend car­ried out ‘the most ap­palling at­tack’ on her

Thomas Grif­fiths

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