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The 23-year-old killed his fiancée, 21-year-old Lauren Griffiths, at their flat in Cathays, Cardiff.
Lauren’s body was found at the flat in Glynrhondda Street at around 6.30pm on Tuesday, April 30 2019.
Madog Llewellyn Rowlands, 23, from Wrexham, denied murder but following a unanimous decision by the jury at Newport Crown Court in December he has been found guilty of murder.
Today, at Cardiff Crown Court he was sentenced to life imprisonment.
He must serve a minimum of 18 years, minus the time he has already spent on remand.
Detective Inspector Stuart Wales, from South Wales Police Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “Lauren was a much-loved daughter and sister who had a bright and promising future.
“Her family have shown tremendous patience and dignity during this long and heart-breaking ordeal.
“We hope they can now begin to recover and rebuild their lives.
“Having murdered Lauren during the early hours of Monday, April 29 Madog Rowlands then waited more than 24 hours before calling 999.
“In this time, Rowlands took money from Lauren’s account, went shopping, bought and consumed a large quantity of drugs, ordered pizza, and set up a Netflix account, before eventually – perhaps realising the inevitability of the situation – calling 999.
“At no time, did he show any meaningful concern for Lauren’s welfare or dignity.
“We would like to thank all the witnesses who assisted the investigation, the community of Cathays, as well as the prosecution team.”