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Man jailed for murdering partner in act of 'unimaginable cruelty'

Simon Winstone, 50, has been jailed for the murder of Michelle Denise Rosser Credit: South Wales Police

A man has been jailed for life after murdering his partner in the home that they shared.

Simon Winstone, 50, inflicted "unimaginable cruelty" on Michelle Denise Rosser, known as Denise, who was later found dead at the property in Bedlinog on 29th May, 2018.

Winstone claimed that he found her at the bottom of the stairs and denied murder.

But evidence from a pathologist showed that Denise Rosser’s injuries were consistent with being beaten and Simon Winstone was charged with her murder.

Detectives said the injuries she had suffered were "among the worst" they had ever encountered, including a ruptured kidney, multiple fractured ribs and injuries to her head, chest and stomach.

Winstone was convicted by a jury on Tuesday 4th December, 2018, and was today sentenced to life with a minimum of 18 years.

DCI Stuart Wales, who led the investigation, said: "Denise suffered unimaginable cruelty at the hands of Winstone, who would assault her behind closed doors and even in public".

The horrific injuries inflicted upon Denise are among the worst that I and my colleagues have encountered.

The bravery and the dignity that her family have displayed throughout this difficult process has been truly humbling and I hope today’s outcome will enable them to somehow re-build their lives.

I would like to thank everybody who played their part in this prosecution, particularly those members of the Bedlinog community who attended court to give evidence – they have helped to get justice for Denise and her family by ensuring that Simon Winstone pays for his abhorrent actions with his freedom.

Denise was murdered in cold blood in her own home and the suffering that she endured fills everybody touched by her tragic death with great sadness.

South Wales Police encourage people who suffer or suspect domestic violence to come forward. They should never be afraid as support can be provided to change their lives for the better.

– DCI Stuart Wales, South Wales Police

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