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Mother of murdered Ellie Gould calls for ‘tougher sentences’ three years after her daughter’s death

Mother of murdered Ellie Gould calls for 'tougher sentences' three years after her daughter's death 2

The mother of murdered teenager Ellie Gould has called for ‘tougher sentences’ three years after her daughter’s death. 

Thomas Griffiths, then 17, from Wiltshire, was in a relationship with Ellie, also 17, until the day before her death in May 2019.

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After three months together, Ellie, who dreamt of joining the mounted police, decided to break off the relationship to focus on her A-levels.

The next day, Griffiths left school and went to Ellie’s house in Calne, where he stabbed her repeatedly in the neck in a ‘frenzied attack’.

In November 2019, he was jailed at Bristol Crown Court for a minimum of 12 and a half years.

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Following the sentence, Ellie’s parents, Carole and Matthew, succeeded in their two-year campaign for ‘Ellie’s Law’.

The change in law means young offenders who are guilty of the most serious killings are sentenced to a minimum of 27 years in prison instead of 12.

Now, referring to Griffiths, Carole has said it ‘is so wrong’ that he ‘has already served a quarter of his sentence’, questioning: ‘What justice?’

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Carole Gould, the mother of murdered 17-year-old Ellie Gould (both pictured above), has called for 'tougher sentences' three years after her daughter's death

Carole Gould, the mother of murdered 17-year-old Ellie Gould (both pictured above), has called for ‘tougher sentences’ three years after her daughter’s death

Referring to Thomas Griffiths, Carole has said it 'is so wrong' that he 'has already served a quarter of his sentence', questioning: 'What justice?' (tweet above)

Referring to Thomas Griffiths, Carole has said it ‘is so wrong’ that he ‘has already served a quarter of his sentence’, questioning: ‘What justice?’ (tweet above) 

Accompanied by a picture of Ellie, Carole wrote on Twitter: ‘Three years ago our precious daughter Ellie was brutally murdered in our home by a controlling ex.

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‘Her beautiful life taken, our lives shattered, perpetrator’s punishment 12.5 years. What justice?’

Responding to a comment, the mother added: ‘He will have to serve the min(imum) term of 12.5 years before the parole board decide if he can be released but the last three years of his sentence will be in an open prison.

‘He is already 1/4 of his way through his sentence it’s so wrong. Ellie’s life was worth so much more.’

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Referring to criminals convicted of domestic homicide, she also wrote: ‘They should get much tougher sentences that properly reflect the heinous crime and danger they pose particularly towards women.’

Ellie’s parents had appealed to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and the Attorney General to increase Griffiths’ jail term after he was sentenced.

They had said it was too lenient given the violence and ferocity involved in her death. Ellie was stabbed at least 13 times in the neck with a kitchen knife.

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But they were told the case would not be referred to the Court of Appeal. 

Griffiths, then 17, repeatedly stabbed Ellie at her home in Wiltshire in May 2019

Carole pictured with a photo of her and Ellie, when her daughter was aged two

Griffiths (pictured left), then 17, repeatedly stabbed Ellie at her home in Wiltshire in May 2019. Right: Carole with a photo of her and Ellie when she was two

Griffiths seen on a bus before he killed Ellie. In November 2019, he was jailed at Bristol Crown Court for a minimum of 12 and a half years

Griffiths seen on a bus before he killed Ellie. In November 2019, he was jailed at Bristol Crown Court for a minimum of 12 and a half years

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In a letter addressed to Carole at the time, the Attorney General’s office said the jail term did not meet the threshold for undue leniency.

It added the country’s chief legal adviser, Geoffrey Cox QC, understood how disappointed the parents would be and that it wouldn’t be the news they were hoping for. 

Carole previously said: ‘We’ve been completely let down by the judicial system. It feels like there’s nothing else that we can do.

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‘He’s committed a crime and he’s not getting a fair sentence for it. Nothing makes sense any more.’

Griffiths was jailed by Mr Justice Garnham in November 2019 after being convicted of Ellie’s murder. 

Ellie's mother wrote on Twitter: 'Her beautiful life taken, our lives shattered, perpetrator's punishment 12.5 years. What justice?' (Ellie pictured above)

Ellie’s mother wrote on Twitter: ‘Her beautiful life taken, our lives shattered, perpetrator’s punishment 12.5 years. What justice?’ (Ellie pictured above) 

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During his trial the jury heard that he went to her family home in Wiltshire and stabbed her in the neck multiple times, after she had ended their short-lived relationship.

Griffiths then placed her hand on the knife he had used in a bid to make her wounds appear self-inflicted.

He was caught soon after despite trying to cover his tracks further by sending fake messages before being sent down for her murder at Bristol Crown Court.

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Ellie’s body was discovered by her father – who described the scene as ‘the most frightening, horrific and saddest’ he had ever seen. 

MailOnline has contacted the Ministry of Justice for comment. 

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