John Lewis must spend a minimum 19 years behind bars
John Paul Lewis has today been convicted of the murder of 33-year-old Terrie-Ann Jones, who died at an address in Talbot Road, Neath, in January.
A judge at Swansea Crown Court handed Lewis, 56, a life sentence, with a minimum term of 19 years.
Following the verdict, Terrie-Ann's family released the following statement:
"Terrie-Ann, or Tan as we affectionately call her, was a loving daughter, sister, auntie and mother to two beautiful children.
"She was patient, kind, had a fantastic sense of humour and was quite literally the life and soul of the party.
"Everyone that knew her loved her and we cannot tell you how much we are missing her. She had so much to live for and so many things she wanted to do. She has been taken from us far too early.
"Her passing has forever changed the lives of her daughter and little boy, who at nine years old doesn’t understand why his mummy isn’t here to play with him anymore.
"Something we as a family would like to highlight and think Tan would want us to, is to raise awareness for victims of domestic abuse. Please don’t suffer in silence. There is help out there and people who will listen to you. We plead with anyone, male or female, who has or is currently suffering from any form of domestic abuse please to reach out to someone.
"If what happened to Tan (pictured left) can help to prevent further deaths or violence then our Tan’s death won’t have been in vain.
"This has been an incredibly difficult process for us. John Paul Lewis has made us relive the horror of what he did to our Tan every day of the trial. He is a dangerous, calculating predator who from day one preyed on our Tan’s caring nature. We are thankful that he will no longer be able to hurt any other person. He has been found guilty of the murder of our Tan and will hopefully spend the rest of his life in prison, which we feel is nothing short of what he deserves.
"We would like to thank everyone involved in the investigation. Although our Tan was not from South Wales, she embraced her life in Neath. We are overwhelmed with the support from the Neath community. We would like to thank family and friends for all their support, in particular Victim Support who have been fantastic, as well as the prosecutors, the CPS, and officers from South Wales Police who have worked tirelessly to ensure justice was served for our Tan."
Detective Sergeant Jason Kingdom of South Wales Police added: “Today’s conviction and sentencing concludes the investigation into the tragic and untimely death of Terrie-Ann Jones. Our thoughts as always are with her family, who showed immense strength and dignity throughout the investigation and trial, during which John Lewis was utterly remorseless and arrogant.
“This was a brutal and needless attack which rocked the community and impacted on the lives of so many. John Lewis will now spend a significant amount of time in custody as a result of his actions; and I hope this provides some comfort to those closest to Terrie-Ann and allows them to begin rebuilding their lives.
“Protecting the vulnerable and tackling domestic abuse are both priorities for South Wales Police and I would urge victims or anyone who suspects domestic abuse – no matter how minor the incident may seem – to report it. We work closely with a range of partners to offer appropriate support for victims and to bring perpetrators to justice.”