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article image'Facebook Murderer' in UK Jailed

By Kevin Jess     Sep 10, 2009 in Crime
A South Wales man has been convicted of killing his common law wife for spending too much time on Facebook and setting her status to 'single'.
Hayley Jones, 26, was found dead by her young children in March 2009. She had been stabbed and strangled. She was a mother of four children, reports BBC News.
Brian Lewis, 31, first stabbed and then strangled Hayley Jones to death at home when he found her asleep on the sofa after a fight reports Sky News.
Lewis then fled the scene, leaving his children to find their mother's body. He turned himself in to police in the early hours of March 12, this year.
The court heard that the couple's relationship went on a downward spiral beginning when Mr. Lewis's job was made redundant.
His partner of 13 years, Hayley Jones, had taken to spending a lot of time on Facebook and was very secretive about the new social life she was developing online. Two weeks before the murder she had changed her status from 'married' to 'single'.
Lewis told the jury, "I would be trying to send the kids to bed and she would be on it. You would try to talk to her and she would just ignore you. There were arguments," Sky News also reported.
Lewis claimed that he was trimming his fingernails with a kitchen knife and only "touched" his partner's sleeping bag with the tip of the knife out of frustration after the fight.
Sky News is reporting that the knife penetrated two sleeping bags and three layers of clothing worn by the victim and was only stopped by her rib cage. He then strangled her and only stopped when he heard his son calling from upstairs.
The jury only took three hours of deliberation to return a guilty verdict.
Brian Lewis has been sentenced to life in prison and ordered he serve a minimum of 14 years, less the time spent in custody on remand.
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