Boyfriend 'strangled fiancee before wrapping her body in clingfilm, ordering himself a pizza and signing up for Netflix'

A BOYFRIEND strangled his fiancee, wrapped her body in clingfilm andordered himself a pizza before logging onto Netflix beside her, a murder trial heard.

Madog Rowlands, 23, allegedly waited 24 hours before dialling 999 to say fiancee Lauren Griffiths, 21, was dead.



A court heard Rowlands strangled his fiancee the day before he raised the alarm – then carried on with normal life after wrapping her body in clingfilm, Sellotape and bin liners.

The murder trial heard Rowlands went shopping, ordered himself two takeaways and tried to set up a new Netflix account as her body lay in their flat.

The pair were due to marry just two months later in a Pagan-like civil ceremony after being college sweethearts.

[Rowlands] removed cash from his own account as well as Lauren’s, ordered and arranged for the delivery of drugs, ordered takeaway food for himself including Subway and Domino's, and just before the pizza arrived he tried to set up a Netflix account on his mobile phone.

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."

Mr Jones said Rowlands also "removed cash from his own account as well as Lauren’s, ordered and arranged for the delivery of drugs, ordered takeaway food for himself including Subway and Domino's, and just before the pizza arrived he tried to set up a Netflix account on his mobile phone.

"It wasn’t until 24 hours after killing her that he contacted the emergency services to report her death.”

Mr Jones told Cardiff Crown Court that Rowlands had "deliberately" strangled Lauren at their shared flat in Cathays, Cardiff in April 2019, but told police it was an accident.

Mr Jones said: "The defendant told police he had strangled her with his bare hands around her throat."

The court heard 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 jury was told the couple were "practising pagans" who both worked for McDonald's before Lauren got a job in a British Gas call centre and were planning a civil ceremony for their wedding.

Mr Jones said: "Both were recreational drug users and used cannabis, LSD, and MDMA.

"They had a core group of friends they socialised with. Some of those friends commented on the defendant being funny with Lauren doing things without him and they were rarely apart.

"Lauren was described as bubbly and happy and was open about her life in general with the defendant and described some of the financial problems she and the defendant had.

“She confided in them that she had mental health issues from her own past abusive relationships.”

Rowlands, of New Broughton, Wrexham, denies murder saying Lauren's death was an accident.

The trial at Newport Crown Court continues.





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