A mum of a murdered teen said the moment she heard her daughter had been killed she instantly knew the schoolgirl’s controlling ex was to blame.
Ellie Gould, 17, was revising for her A-levels in their family home, when her ex-boyfriend Thomas Griffiths, 17, stabbed her at least 13 times in the face and neck.
Her dad Matthew, 52, returned home after work at lunchtime to find the lifeless body of his daughter on the kitchen floor, in a pool of her own blood.
Her mum Carole Gould, 49, said the moment she heard the news, she knew Griffiths was to blame.
Speaking to new podcast, Real Fix, which features extraordinary true stories, she said: “The weekend before [her death] she told me he’d been pestering her to go to his house constantly.
“She told me that he’d been acting odd that week, and quite controlling of her when she wasn’t with him.
“The day that she was killed, she was at home revising waiting for her friend to pick her up to take her to her history class.
“My husband Matthew came home first, and rung me hysterically. He said I had to come home, because Ellie had had a terrible accident.
“I jumped in the car and had all these thoughts rushing through my head, then a police car sped past me with the sirens on.
“There were so many ambulances and police cars outside the house that I had to park down the street, and I sprinted up the drive to find Matt sobbing.
“I asked him what was happening, and he turned to me and said ‘Ellie’s dead’.
“Two officers sat us in the back of their police, and asked who Ellie’s friends were, and if she had a boyfriend.
“When we were taken to the police station, and told us this was now a murder inquiry.
“Me and Matt just looked at each other and knew it was the boyfriend.”
The attack on May 3, 2019, came just a day after Ellie had broken off her relationship with Griffiths, because she wanted to focus on her exams.
Carole, from Calne, Wiltshire, was at work at the time of the attack, and only learnt of the murder when her husband called her after returning home.
Thomas Griffiths was jailed for life at Bristol Crown Court in November 2019, and told to serve a minimum of 12 years and six months.
“I don’t know how anyone could murder a young girl in her own home,” she told the hosts of the third episode of the podcast, which helps people share their on stories.
“Hearing the details about what he did to Ellie was absolutely awful.
“It’s so chilling how devious and hateful a young person can be.”
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