Life sentence for teenager convicted of murder

Bleddyn King
Bleddyn King from Abercynon will serve a minimum of 28 years in prison Photo: South Wales Police

A teenager from Abercynon found guilty of murdering a pensioner in his own home has been jailed for life and will serve a minimum of 28 years before being considered for parole.

Bleddyn King was found guilty of stabbing 63 year-old David Evans 72 times at his own home in Pentyrch, near Cardiff, in a blundered robbery.

The court had previously heard how 18 year-old King had used his mobile phone to film the scene and his victim's butchered body.

The film was deemed too horrific to be shown to the jury in his trial at Cardiff Crown Court.

Retired RAF fireman David Evans, was described as a "lost soul" since the death of his wife in 2008.

You targeted this kind mild man because he was not match for you. He lived alone and would be easy pickings."You punched, cut and stabbed him to death. It was a vicious, brutal attack - the fear and pain he must have felt in his dying minutes is unimaginable."It is wickedness beyond comprehension - you are evil and dangerous."

– Judge Mr Justice MacDuff

Mr Evans had met his killer on a gay website and invited him to his home near Cardiff.

Following the murder King drove off in Mr Evans' car but was stopped by police who found him dripping in his victim's blood.

Following the sentencing the family issued the following statement:

David was a gentle and loving father, brother, uncle and grandfather. His death earlier this year in such a violent and needless manner has devastated our family. We would like to thank the South Wales Police team who have investigated my father’s murder and the jury for their attentiveness during the trial. My father met his murderer over the internet, which I hope will serve as a warning to others who meet strangers in this way.”

– Richard Evans, David's son

David Evans was highly respected in the community and deeply loved by all his family. The brutal murder of such a gentle and trusting man tragically highlights the dangers of meeting strangers over the internet. David’s family have shown tremendous dignity and, while they remain devastated by what has happened, I hope the verdict and today's sentencing helps them in someway to move forward.”

– Senior Investigating Officer Detective Chief Inspector Ceri Hughes