Man gets life for Ffion Wyn Roberts murder

A factory worker has been jailed for life for the murder of a woman who was beaten, strangled and left to drown in a ditch.

Iestyn Davies was convicted by a 10-2 majority verdict after he denied killing 22-year-old care worker Ffion Wyn Roberts.

Ms Roberts' body was found in a drainage ditch in Porthmadog, North Wales, on April 10 last year.

Davies, 54, a wool factory worker from the same village, was sentenced to life in prison and was ordered to serve a minimum term of 25 years.

The jury of seven women and five men sitting at Caernarfon Crown Court returned the verdict today after deliberating for 21 hours and 35 minutes.

The trial heard that Ms Roberts was attacked as she made her way home alone after a night out with family and friends.

Opening the case for the prosecution, Elwen Evans QC told the jury that CCTV and DNA evidence was "overwhelming" against Davies.

The court was told that Ms Roberts spent the Friday evening having drinks in local pubs with her parents but they returned home and she joined friends as the night went on and then made her way home along the main road back to Porthmadog.

CCTV captured images of her arriving at her home village.

Her body was found in a water drainage channel known as Y Cyt (The Cut), later that day.

She had bruising to her face and body and her bra was pulled over her chest and her knickers were twisted, the court heard.

A post-mortem examination found it was likely she was alive when she was placed into the water where she drowned.

The jury was told that Ms Roberts was probably left unconscious in the ditch after being strangled with part of her own scarf, as the rest of it was forced into her mouth.

Davies was also captured on CCTV during those early hours.

The defendant could be seen walking his dog and wearing tracksuit bottoms and trainers which were later recovered alongside the victim's handbag.

Miss Evans told the jury: "At 4.27am we have the last sight of Ffion turning off High Street.

"The next we see the defendant is at 5.09am coming into High Street.

"The sad truth is that Ffion was attacked, strangled and drowned during this short time."

The court heard that after killing Ms Roberts, Davies went back to his flat, changed his clothing and went about "destroying evidence".

Davies tried to dispose of his tracksuit pants, trainers and the victim's handbag by throwing them over a tidal gate.

But some of the items got lodged in the gate mechanism, including a trainer, the tracksuit bottoms and the stolen handbag.

DNA traces recovered from these three items and from the knot in the scarf used to strangle Ms Roberts were found to have a partial match to Davies.

Suggested Topics
ebooksAn unforgettable anthology of contemporary reportage
Oscar Pistorius is led out of court in Pretoria. Pistorius received a five-year prison sentence for culpable homicide by judge Thokozile Masipais for the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp
voicesThokozile Masipa simply had no choice but to jail the athlete
Arts and Entertainment
Sister Cristina Scuccia sings 'Like a Virgin' in Venice

Like Madonna, Sister Cristina Scuccia's video is also set in Venice

Arts and Entertainment
James Blunt's debut album Back to Bedlam shot him to fame in 2004

Singer says the track was 'force-fed down people's throats'

Life and Style
The Tinder app has around 10 million users worldwide

techThe original free dating app will remain the same, developers say

Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Day In a Page

Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Let's talk about loss

We need to talk about loss

Secrecy and silence surround stillbirth
Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Women may be better suited to space travel than men are
Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album