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Man jailed for 'brutal' double murder of ex-girlfriend and her new partner in Cardiff city centre

Saunders pleaded guilty to two counts of murder at Cardiff Crown Court in December.

Floral tributes at the scene of the double murder.
Floral tributes at the scene of the double murder.
Image: Benjamin Wright/PA Wire

A MAN WHO stabbed his ex-girlfriend and her new partner to death in a “brutal” city centre attack has today been jailed for a minimum of 23 years.

Andrew Saunders, 20, waited outside the Matalan store in Queen Street, Cardiff, before murdering Zoe Morgan, 21, and Lee Simmons, 33, in September 2016.

Kelly Huggins, from the Crown Prosecution Service said:

“This was a brutal, unprovoked and premeditated attack.

“Saunders attended the location well before Zoe Morgan and Lee Simmons arrived for work that day and ambushed them. As he brutally attacked them he also showed no concern for members of the public who were subjected to a frightening scene of violence.

“Faced with the evidence put forward by the prosecution, Saunders pleaded guilty to both murders.

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“Our thoughts are with the families of Zoe and Lee.”

Saunders pleaded guilty to two counts of murder at Cardiff Crown Court in December 2016 and was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 23 years at the same court today.

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