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Man hid fiancée's body believing he'd killed her - before she regained consciousness and went for help

Keith Hughes and fiancée Stacey Gwilliam argued while on a walk on the coast path on Gower. Credit: Wales News Service

A man who hid his fiancée's body after believing he'd killed her has been jailed for life.

Keith Hughes, 39, strangled bride-to-be Stacey Gwilliam following an argument as the couple walked on the coastal path at Caswell Bay on the Gower Peninsula in July this year.

He had admitted grievous bodily harm but was found guilty of attempted murder by a jury.

Hughes, from Treboeth, Swansea, told the court he'd lost his temper after the argument became heated and he panicked after 34-year-old Miss Gwilliam lost consciousness and fell to the floor.

I panicked. I thought: 'What have I done?' I was not intending to kill her.

I put her in the bushes and put some branches over her. I just felt terrible about what I had done. I thought she was dead. I just left.

I wish I could turn the clock back. I regret what I did that day.

– Keith Hughes
Keith Hughes told the court he thought he'd killed his fiancée and hid her body in undergrowth. Credit: Wales News Service

Hughes admitted taking her car key and bank card and returning to his flat, where he drank vodka before crashing the car.

Swansea Crown Court heard 34-year-old Ms Gwilliam came around with foliage around her, with no memory of the incident and went for help.

The court was told Hughes had previously been jailed in 2013 for three separate assaults on Miss Gwilliam and one count of false imprisonment.

The couple got engaged in July, after resuming their relationship when he was released from prison.

Hughes was jailed for life and must serve a minimum of eight and a half years, before he is considered for release.