A BOYFRIEND strangled his fiancee, wrapped her physique in clingfilm and ordered himself a pizza earlier than logging onto Netflix beside her, a homicide trial heard.
Madog Rowlands, 23, allegedly waited 24 hours earlier than dialling 999 to say fiancee Lauren Griffiths, 21, was useless.
Madog Rowlands allegedly waited 24 hours earlier than dialling 999 to say fiancee Lauren Griffiths was uselessCredit score: Wales Information Service
He had wrapped her physique in clingfilm, Sellotape and bin linersCredit score: Wales Information Service
The pair had been because of get married simply two months laterCredit score: Wales Information Service
A court docket heard Rowlands strangled his fiancee the day earlier than he raised the alarm – then carried on with regular life after wrapping her physique in clingfilm, Sellotape and bin liners.
The homicide trial heard Rowlands went procuring, ordered himself two takeaways and tried to arrange a brand new Netflix account as her physique lay of their flat.
The pair had been because of marry simply two months later in a Pagan-like civil ceremony after being school sweethearts.
Michael Jones QC
Prosecutor Michael Jones QC mentioned: “In the middle of the 999 name he made he knowledgeable the operator Lauren was useless and he was accountable and had strangled her by mistake.
“Nevertheless having killed Lauren as he says by mistake he didn’t make that 999 name instantly.
“Having killed her, at numerous occasions after her dying he went to purchase gadgets from a store, partially wrapped her physique in cling movie, Sellotape and bin liners.”
Mr Jones mentioned Rowlands additionally “eliminated money from his personal account in addition to Lauren’s, ordered and organized for the supply of medication, ordered takeaway meals for himself together with Subway and Domino’s, and simply earlier than the pizza arrived he tried to arrange a Netflix account on his cell phone.
“It wasn’t till 24 hours after killing her that he contacted the emergency providers to report her dying.”
Mr Jones informed Cardiff Crown Court docket that Rowlands had “intentionally” strangled Lauren at their shared flat in Cathays, Cardiff in April 2019, however informed police it was an accident.
Mr Jones mentioned: “The defendant informed police he had strangled her along with his naked arms round her throat.”
A police officer pictured on the scene in April final 12 monthsCredit score: Wales Information Service
The court docket heard Lauren, initially from Oswestry, Shrops, started a relationship with Rowlands whereas they each attended school in North Wales.
They moved to Cardiff in 2017 when Rowlands took up a pc animation course on the College of South Wales and so they bought engaged a 12 months later.
The jury was informed the couple had been “practising pagans” who each labored for McDonald’s earlier than Lauren bought a job in a British Gasoline name centre and had been planning a civil ceremony for his or her marriage ceremony.
Mr Jones mentioned: “Each had been leisure drug customers and used hashish, LSD, and MDMA.
“They’d a core group of mates they socialised with. A few of these mates commented on the defendant being humorous with Lauren doing issues with out him and so they had been hardly ever aside.
“Lauren was described as bubbly and completely happy and was open about her life basically with the defendant and described among the monetary issues she and the defendant had.
“She confided in them that she had psychological well being points from her personal previous abusive relationships.”
Rowlands, of New Broughton, Wrexham, denies homicide saying Lauren’s dying was an accident.
The trial at Newport Crown Court docket continues.
The court docket heard Rowlands and ‘practising pagans’ and had been planning a civil ceremony for his or her marriage ceremonyCredit score: Wales Information Service
They had been hardly ever aside, in response to matesCredit score: Wales Information Service
Lauren was described as bubbly and completely happy and was open about her life basically with the defendantCredit score: Wales Information Service
Some mates commented on the defendant being humorous with Lauren doing issues with out him Credit score: Wales Information Service
A police officer walks previous the cordoned off flat in Cathays, CardiffCredit score: Wales Information Service