A grieving mother has spoken about the potential dangers of online dating after her daughter was killed by her new boyfriend.
Katherine Smith was found dead in her flat in Cardiff in September 2017.
ITV cameras followed the case conducted by South Wales Police’s major crime unit as part of the network crime series Code Blue: Murder.
Katherine, 26, met Tony Lowe after chatting online. They began dating and were engaged five weeks later.
The initial alarm was raised by Katherine’s mother when she was unable to contact her despite repeated phone calls.
- The investigation
As the investigation is launched, detectives identify her boyfriend of six weeks, Anthony Lowe as their key suspect – but Lowe has gone missing.
Officers begin tracking Lowe’s mobile phone and locate it in the neighbouring police area of Bristol where he is still sending text messages to Katherine’s family.
Cameras follow as detectives race to Bristol to arrest him - as they pick up a text in which he threatens to take his own life.
After a dramatic takedown outside a supermarket in Weston-super-mare, Lowe is arrested and taken back to South Wales, where cameras follow as he is taken into custody and interviewed by police.
Lowe submits a statement to detectives saying that after an argument Katherine had punched him and he had headbutted her, before he left the house. He denies stabbing her and says another person has keys to Katherine’s flat.
While Lowe is in custody, detectives continue to uncover more truths about Tony Lowe.
They discover he is ten years older than he said he was and had a history of violence against women.