Life sentence for Barry man

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

By AJ Sicluna

in Crime

A man who murdered his ex-partner by pouring lighter fuel over her and setting her alight, has been jailed for life at Cardiff Crown Court.

It was directed that Raymond O’Connell (62) of Redlands Avenue, Penarth, serve a minimum of 17 years, four months.

He admitted murdering 54-year-old Lynne Braund.

Prosecutor James Wilson said the couple had been in a relationship for 17 years and she had a serious fear of fire because her 18-month-old daughter had died in a blaze in 1990 and O’Connell knew of this.

When he set fire to Ms Braund, said Mr Wilson, he was subject to a restraining order which had been made to protect the victim.

He said the attack occurred at Ms Braund’s home in Glanmor Crescent, Barry, on August 4, and she died 10 days later.

The prosecutor said that after he pushed her to the floor, he squirted fluid over her and then set her alight.

A paramedic who attended the injured woman observed that she had suffered second and third degree burns on up to 25 per cent of her body.

He said that in hospital, she was taken to intensive care but her condition deteriorated and she died from multiple organ failure and possibly sepsis.

In a victim impact statement, her son Kyle described his mother as “all he had in his life” and that since her death, he had suffered greatly.

O’Connell’s counsel, Michael Mather-Lees said his client had faced up to his responsibility for his actions.

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