Murderer's chilling 999 call after he strangled fiancee is released

‘I’ve killed my fiancee by mistake’: Murderer’s chilling 999 call after he strangled his wife-to-be, wrapped her body in clingfilm and ordered a pizza is released as he is jailed for life

  • Madog Rowlands, 23, murdered Lauren Griffiths, 21, at home in Cardiff in 2019 
  • He waited 35 hours before calling 999, telling operator he killed her ‘by mistake’
  • Rowlands also told operator he had taken LSD and MDMA before the fatal attack
  • He was jailed today for life at Cardiff Crown Court with minimum term of 18 years

The chilling 999 call made by a murderer who was jailed for life after strangling his wife-to-be, wrapping her body in clingfilm and ordering a pizza has been released.

Madog Rowlands, 23, waited 35 hours before calling emergency services after murdering 21-year-old call centre worker Lauren Griffiths.

Rowlands went shopping and ordered takeaways before trying to set up a Netflix account while Lauren lay dead next to him at their home in Cathays, Cardiff. 

In a recording of the 999 call, he can be heard saying: ‘I’ve killed my fiancée by mistake.’ The operator then asks: ‘Are you the patient?’, to which he responds ‘yes’.

Rowlands then says: ‘She’s dead because I’ve killed her. I have strangled her. I killed Lauren by accident. We got into a fight.’  

He also told the operator that he had taken LSD and MDMA before the fatal attack on Lauren in April 2019.  

Judge Daniel Williams jailed Rowlands for life with a minimum term of 18 years before he can be considered for parole. He has spent 485 days on remand in custody.

Madog Rowlands, 23, waited 35 hours before calling emergency services after murdering 21-year-old call centre worker Lauren Griffiths (both pictured above)

Rowlands seen on police bodycam in footage that shows him being arrested in his flat in Cardiff, Wales, in April 2019 after murdering his fiancee

Judge Daniel Williams jailed Rowlands, above, for life with a minimum term of 18 years before he can be considered for parole. He has spent 485 days on remand in custody

Footage taken by police bodycam of Rowlands’ arrest at his flat has also been released, alongside images showing writing on the wall inside his home. 

The notes appear to read: ‘Now that I have killed her, this will be my plan, to keep her sexy from the outside, I’ll wrap her in plastic’.  

Police found the messages when they arrived at the home along with a prepared statement Rowlands used when he reported his harrowing crime.

In the video of his arrest, Rowlands nods while an officer says: ‘Obviously, what’s happened has happened. The ambulance staff told us what happened, okay?’ 

The constable then goes on to tell him he is being arrested on suspicion of murder, saying: ‘I will record and I will write down, alright?’, to which Rowlands replies ‘yes’.

Rowlands told the police he had a fight with Lauren and claimed he lost consciousness while defending himself from his fiancee. 

He had carried out internet searches for ‘six steps to getting the best result in court’, ‘how to show remorse’ and ‘credit for a guilty plea’. 

Rowlands had also claimed he strangled his fiancee ‘by mistake’ when she suffered a psychotic episode. 

In a statement to police he said: ‘I had no intention to harm, kill, or hurt Lauren. We were deeply in love. I was trying to defend her from herself and had to defend myself.’

But a jury heard Rowlands had tried to strangle ‘sweet and bubbly’ Lauren a year earlier after persuading her to enter a suicide pact. 

Notes written on the wall inside Rowland’s flat, pictured above. Police found the messages written on the walls when they arrived at the flat along with a prepared statement Rowlands used when he reported his harrowing crime

Images released by the CPS show the messages on the wall, appearing to read: ‘Now that I have killed her, this will be my plan, to keep her sexy from the outside, I’ll wrap her in plastic’

Notes made by Rowlands before his arrest in Cardiff, South Wales, appearing to read: ‘I have tried to kill myself and have taken too much LSD and MDMA’

The drugs found by police in the flat where Rowlands was living in Cardiff. Rowlands told the 999 operator he had taken LSD and MDMA before the fatal attack

Lauren, from Oswestry, Shropshire, suffered from a dissociative disorder which made her ‘terribly vulnerable’, the court was told. 

Rowlands, of Wrexham, North Wales, was found guilty of murder at Newport Crown Court last December. 

The judge told Rowlands: ‘Your friends spoke of you as a sullen and self-obsessed manipulator.

‘I am satisfied that you pressurised and persuaded Lauren into making a suicide pact which would have ended your financial worries and would bring an end to her painful battle with mental illness.

‘But Lauren had changed her mind – she saw a brighter future and told you she wanted to part in the pact which you had lured her into.

‘This led to an argument and you assaulted her in the flat which the two of you shared. Police were called but Lauren forgave you – forgiving an abusive partner was in her nature.’

The judge said by April 2019 the pair were in a low mood and Rowland’s thoughts of killing Lauren ‘resurfaced’ at a time when she saw hope in her life and did not want it to end.

Lauren seen shopping with Rowlands in a Lidl store in Maindy Road, Cardiff, in a CCTV image. Rowlands was found guilty of murder at Newport Crown Court last December

Rowlands (circled) seen on CCTV leaving the flat he was living in. He went shopping and ordered takeaways before trying to set up a Netflix account while Lauren lay dead next to him

Rowlands (circled) seen on CCTV on Salisbury Road in Cathays, Cardiff. Rowlands told police he had a fight with Lauren and claimed he lost consciousness while defending himself 

He said: ‘You had thoughts of murdering Lauren for well over a year.

‘You gave her no chance and decided to carry on your long-held and intermittent desire to kill her. You put your hands around her throat and strangled her to death.

‘What you did for the 35 hours after you murdered Lauren defies belief. You ordered drugs to be delivered, paid for by cash taken from your account and Lauren’s.

‘You ordered a sandwich home delivery which you ate in the bedroom sitting on the mattress next to Lauren’s body.

‘You then wrapped her in clingfilm and bin bags and bound her ankles with Sellotape.’

The judge said Lauren was ‘always smiling, kind and couldn’t do enough for others’ despite her tough start in life.

Lauren pictured with Rowlands. Lauren’s mother, Alison Turner, said in a victim impact statement: ‘She was a quirky and fun-loving character – Lauren is missed every day’

The judge said Lauren (pictured above) was ‘always smiling, kind and couldn’t do enough for others’. He told Rowlands: ‘She saw a brighter future and told you she wanted to part in the pact which you had lured her into’

Lauren’s mother Alison Turner said in a victim impact statement: ‘She was a quirky and fun-loving character – Lauren is missed every day.

‘All we have left is the precious memories of someone we loved dearly.’

The sentencing hearing at Cardiff Crown Court heard Lauren’s father Jason Griffiths was left with PTSD and suffers a recurring nightmare of his daughter’s murder.

Senior Crown Prosecutor Millie Davies said: ‘Expert medical evidence was placed before the jury showing that Rowlands would not have been able to strangle his girlfriend if he’d lost consciousness, and therefore would have been aware of what he was doing.

‘His actions were deliberate, and the jury’s verdict reflects that.

‘A young woman tragically lost her life at the hands of her partner. Our thoughts are with her friends and family and we hope they can find some comfort in the knowledge that the person responsible will face the consequences of his actions.’

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