Twisted boyfriend who strangled fiancee, wrapped her in clingfilm and ate Subway sandwich next to body is caged for life

A TWISTED boyfriend who murdered his fiancee, wrapped her in clingfilm then ate a Subway sandwich next to her body has today been jailed.

Madog Rowlands, 23, strangled 21-year-old Lauren Griffiths before waiting 24 hours to dial 999 and tell them he killed her "by mistake".


The sadistic killer had wrapped her body in clingfilm, Sellotape and bin liners.

He then sat with his dead fiancee and tucked into a Subway sandwichwhile setting up a Netflix account at their home in Cardiff in April 2018.

Rowlands also bought cannabis and MDMA and ordered himself a Domino's pizza as college sweetheart Lauren lay lifeless next to him.

The sick university student even withdrew cash from Lauren's bank account to pay for the drugs after strangling her with his bare hands.

Rowlands was branded a "self-obsessed manipulator" was today caged for life with a minimum of 18 years after being convicted of murder at Newport Crown Court.

Sentencing, Judge Daniel Williams said Rowlands had "thoughts of murdering Lauren for a long time – well over a year before you did."

He said: "You decided then to carry out your long-held, if intermittent, desire to kill Lauren.

"You put your hands around her throat and strangled her – intending to kill her.

"What you did for those 35 hours after you murdered Lauren defy belief.

"You ordered drugs to be delivered by to the flat paid for by cash taken from your account and from Lauren's.

"After the drugs were delivered you ordered a sandwich home delivery which you ate in the bedroom where she lay."

During the trial, jurors heard how Rowlands claimed he killed Lauren as he defended himself during a "psychotic episode".

The monster even laughed as he told 999 operators he killed her but wanted to wait 24 hours before raising the alarm.

He could be heard in the chilling call telling them: "I've killed my fiancee by mistake".

When asked what happened, Rowlands calmly replied: "She's dead…I've strangled her".


He also carried out chilling web searches on his phone – including "how to show remorse" and "credit for a guilty plea".

Lauren, originally from Oswestry, Shrops, began a relationship with Rowlands while they both attended college in North Wales.

They moved to Cardiff in 2017 when Rowlands took up a computer animation course at the University of South Wales and they got engaged a year later.

The couple were due to marry in a Pagan-like civil ceremony two months after her death.

Rowlands had previously been arrested for strangling Lauren after she broke his laptop but she did not want to proceed with charges.

Prosecutor Michael Jones QC said: "In the course of the 999 call he made he informed the operator Lauren was dead and he was responsible and had strangled her by mistake.

"However having killed Lauren as he says by mistake he didn’t make that 999 call immediately.

"Having killed her, at various times after her death he went to buy items from a shop, partially wrapped her body in cling film, Sellotape and bin liners."

After murdering Lauren, the monster claimed he loved his fiancee "100 per cent".

But he told cops he had "strangled her with his bare hands around her throat".

Detective Inspector Stuart Wales, from South Wales Police major crime investigation team, said: "Lauren was a much-loved daughter and sister who had a bright and promising future.

"Her family have shown tremendous patience and dignity during this long and heartbreaking ordeal.

"We hope they can now begin to recover and rebuild their lives."




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