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Addict murdered disabled pensioner in 'appalling attack'

A jury has returned a unanimous guilty verdict on a man accused of murdering a disabled pensioner. William Jones, from Adamsdown in Cardiff, stabbed 68-year-old Peter Lewis to death at his home in Roath last April. Today, there were tributes to Mr Lewis from his family outside court - and police released a recording of a phone call in which he tried to get help.

The attack happened in the early hours of 28 April 2012. William Jones had been looking for his former girlfriend and her new partner when he kicked the door of Mr Lewis' flat in Claude Road. Mr Lewis came to the front door and was stabbed, later dying of his injuries in hospital. The pensioner had a learning difficulty and a number of physical impairments, including blindness in one eye and arthritis.

Peter Lewis was a vulnerable man who posed no threat to anyone, least of all William Jones. His murder was an appalling attack, carried out by a killer who has taken no responsibility for his actions, instead seeking to suggest that he himself was the one being attacked. Thankfully, this trial has exposed his deceit.Sadly, William Jones’ conviction will not bring Peter Lewis back to his family and friends. We hope, however, that today’s guilty verdict may bring some small measure of comfort to them, as they seek to move forward with their lives.

– – PAUL HEWITT, SENIOR CROWN PROSECUTOR FOR THE CROWN PROSECUTION SERVICE, WALES
William Jones will be sentenced on Monday Credit: D Legakis / Athena Pictures
Peter Lewis was a 'champion' for people with learning difficulties Credit: South Wales Police