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
Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
ebooks
ebooksAn introduction to the ground rules of British democracy
Latest stories from i100
SPONSORED FEATURES
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Day In a Page

Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea
Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

The Arab Spring reversed

Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
Who is Oliver Bonas and how has he captured middle-class hearts?

Who is Oliver Bonas?

It's the first high-street store to pay its staff the living wage, and it saw out the recession in style
Earth has 'lost more than half its trees' since humans first started cutting them down

Axe-wielding Man fells half the world’s trees – leaving us just 422 each

However, the number of trees may be eight times higher than previously thought
60 years of Scalextric: Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones

60 years of Scalextric

Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones
Theme parks continue to draw in thrill-seekers despite the risks - so why are we so addicted?

Why are we addicted to theme parks?

Now that Banksy has unveiled his own dystopian version, Christopher Beanland considers the ups and downs of our endless quest for amusement
Tourism in Iran: The country will soon be opening up again after years of isolation

Iran is opening up again to tourists

After years of isolation, Iran is reopening its embassies abroad. Soon, there'll be the chance for the adventurous to holiday there
10 best PS4 games

10 best PS4 games

Can’t wait for the new round of blockbusters due out this autumn? We played through last year’s offering
Transfer window: Ten things we learnt

Ten things we learnt from the transfer window

Record-breaking spending shows FFP restraint no longer applies
Migrant crisis: UN official Philippe Douste-Blazy reveals the harrowing sights he encountered among refugees arriving on Lampedusa

‘Can we really just turn away?’

Dead bodies, men drowning, women miscarrying – a senior UN figure on the horrors he has witnessed among migrants arriving on Lampedusa, and urges politicians not to underestimate our caring nature
Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger as Isis ravages centuries of history

Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger...

... and not just because of Isis vandalism
Girl on a Plane: An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack

Girl on a Plane

An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack
Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

The author of 'The Day of the Jackal' has revealed he spied for MI6 while a foreign correspondent