The prosecution has opened its case in the trial at Cardiff Crown Court of Thomas Jones for the murder by repeated stabbing of his former girlfriend Delilah Lloyd-Thomas. Jones, 72, has pleaded guilty to manslaughter but claimed diminished responsibility on the grounds that that girl was no good for him and that he watched as she deceived him and went out of his mind.
'The facts in this case are not in dispute,' said Roland Williams QC, who is leading the prosecution. 'Witnesses saw Mr Jones pass by Ms Lloyd-Thomas's house that fateful Saturday night and stop when he saw the flickering shadows of love on her blind. He was again spotted several times lurking across the street all night, waiting to confront her as soon as that man drove away. Most assumed he was out dogging.'
Defence counsel Gareth Harvey QC will draw on police testimony to establish that Mr Jones, a musician, was not of sound mind at the time of the fatal attack. 'Mr Jones was provoked by Ms Lloyd-Thomas standing there laughing. He was live a slave that no man could free, even though slavery was abolished over 200 years and owners by definition had the right to free slaves. When they finally came to break down the door, was found curled in a foetal position singing that he 'just could not take any more'. Is that the conduct of a sane man?' asked Harvey.
The notorious case has divided the women of Wales down the middle. Some feminist campaigning groups have demanded an exemplary full life sentence for Jones as a deterrent against other violent partners; other women have been hanging around the court trying to throw their knickers at the van carrying him to court, telling reporters that they 'still definitely would'.
However, Williams is confident that the jury will convict. 'Relationships break down - It's Not Unusual - but he was sane enough to feel the knife in his hand and if you let people just go around killing their two-timing girlfriends, there won't be anyone left in Wales by the end of the week, will there? I hope it's a long time before he can say I'm Coming Home to, er, The Green Green Grass of Home. Er, will that do?'