South East Wales

Pentyrch: Bleddyn King guilty of David Evans murder

Bleddyn King
Image caption Bleddyn King targeted David Evans before killing him in his home

An 18-year-old man has been convicted of the "callous" murder of a 64-year-old widower in his bungalow after robbing him.

Bleddyn King, of Abercynon, Rhondda Cynon Taf, was left covered in David Evans's blood after the attack in Pentyrch, near Cardiff.

He planned to rob Mr Evans but stabbed him so ferociously his knife blade bent, Cardiff Crown Court heard.

King, who was convicted after a 10-day trial, will be sentenced on Tuesday.

He killed Mr Evans's cat before setting his home on fire and escaping.

But police stopped him as he drove off in Mr Evans's Citroen car and he was found to have two bank cards belonging to his victim in January.

Image caption Police officers in Pentyrch after the discovery of David Evans's body in January

Police detention officer Ivor Whatmore told the jury that King's face was covered in blood.

The court heard that Mr Evans was 5ft 6in and weighed 8.5 stones, while King had a "muscular and powerful physique".

Michael Mather-Lees, prosecuting, said: "King developed a plan - he deliberately, callously and brutally targeted Mr Evans for his own gain.

"It was a plain and simple premeditated robbery with extreme violence.

"It was executed and then followed with cynical lies."

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