Teen killer jailed for murdering ex-girlfriend after she dumped him

A teenager has been jailed for life for murdering schoolgirl Ellie Gould in rage after she dumped him.

Ex-boyfriend Thomas Griffiths stabbed Ellie to death at her family home in Calne, Wiltshire, on May 3, after she broke off the couple’s relationship.

Griffiths then placed the murdered girl’s hand on the knife in her neck to make it look as though she had killed herself, before leaving her lying in a pool of blood on the kitchen floor before fleeing the scene.

Ellie’s father discovered her body four hours later, with Griffiths arrested 11 kilometres away after the attack.

Griffiths was jailed on Friday (local time) for life - with a minimum term of 12 years and six months - for the brutal killing.

Ellie, an A-Level student at Hardenhuish School in Chippenham, died from multiple stab wounds.

Griffiths, then aged 17, pleaded guilty to a charge of murder during a hearing at Bristol Crown Court in August.

Judge Peter Blair QC, the Recorder of Bristol, lifted reporting restrictions that prevented the media from identifying Griffiths.

Thomas Griffiths, now 18, stabbed Ellie to death in her family home. Source: PA Images

The court heard on Friday how Griffiths was in ‘a state of denial’ after the killing, but has since apologised for his actions.

Sasha Wass QC, defending Griffiths, said: “Tom, rather than acting as a master criminal, simply wanted to behave as if nothing has happened,” she said.

“Within three weeks he accepted what he had done.

“Both families have been devastated by what Thomas Griffiths did. No-one bears that burden more than Tom does.”

He said the teenager, who was sentenced on Friday lunchtime, was told he’d committed an “extremely grave crime”.

Wiltshire Police previously said Griffiths, of Derry Hill, Wiltshire, murdered Ellie in a violent attack.

Officers were able to quickly identify and arrest Griffiths after Ellie’s body was discovered.

The teenager initially denied having seen Ellie that day, or in the days before her death.

Ellie’s friends and family had packed into Bristol Crown Court on Friday ahead of the sentencing hearing, with some having to watch proceedings in an overflow room.

In a tribute issued after her death, Ellie’s family described her as “fun-loving and a joy to be around”.

They added: “We would like Ellie to be remembered as a kind, caring young lady with a wonderful, fun personality.”

Lisa Percy, headteacher of Hardenhuish School, said pupils and staff had been left “absolutely devastated” by the murder.

– Yahoo News UK

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