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Evil killer caused partner's horrific internal injuries using broom handle

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A twisted killer murdered his girlfriend by using a broom handle to cause catastrophic internal injuries, before telling a 999 operator "I just woke up and my missus is dead".

Carl Silcox, 45, carried out the brutal attack on Adell Cowan, 43, at his home in Caerphilly on October 18, 2020. He inserted the broom handle into her anus, causing horrific injuries which resulted in her death.

The broom was later found at the scene with Ms Cowan's blood and excrement on it. A trace of the defendant's semen was also found, Wales Online reports.

After carrying out the murder, Silcox called emergency services from a phone box and said he discovered Ms Cowan lying in the bedroom "cold and dead", Cardiff Crown Court heard. As well as her internal injuries, the victim had also suffered injuries to her face.

The defendant, of Commercial Street, Aberbargoed, claimed Ms Cowan had been attacked by a gang of youths, but later changed his story and told police that she had been working as a prostitute and that a client was responsible for her injuries. On Friday, a jury dismissed Silcox's claims and he was found guilty of murder.

Adell Cowan suffered catastrophic internal injuries. (Image: Wales Online)

Opening the case, prosecutor Gordon Cole KC said: "In this case, the Crown say Carl Silcox unlawfully killed Adell Cowan."

He explained that Ms Cowan suffered from alcohol addiction and lived a "chaotic lifestyle". She was in a relationship with Silcox and was living with him in Dol Yr Eos, in Mornington Meadows at the time of her death.

At roughly 12.10am on October 18, 2020, Silcox called the 999 from a phone box and told the call handler: "I just woke up and my missus is dead. I am Carl Silcox, I have just come to the phonebox now, I have lost my mobile phone."

The defendant could be heard crying down the phone, but refused to return to the property and perform CPR on Ms Cowan. He said: "She's dead mate, she's cold as ice, I don't know whether she choked on her spit or whatever, there's a lot of coughing on the bed.

"Earlier on in the day I got beat up, she went to see those people and got back. We had a drink and I told her she got to get up and realised she was cold and dead."

However, when emergency services arrived at the address, it was clear that Ms Cowan had been dead for several hours. She also had facial injuries, including bruising and swelling, and injuries to her ribs.

An old photo of Adell Cowan released by police at the time of her death. (Image: South Wales Police)

A post mortem revealed severe internal injuries, including a 2.8cm by 1.4cm tear to the rectum which continued to cause a four-and-a-half centimetre tear to the peritoneal lining. The victim also had a laceration to her spleen and the lining of her pelvis.

Mr Cole said: "The death of Adell Cowan was in a state of trauma and alcohol. The death was described as having occurred in close association with the event of forceful anal penetration and rectal perforation by that wooden broom handle."

After a guilty verdict was returned, the Recorder of Cardiff, Judge Tracey Lloyd-Clarke thanked the jury for the "care and attention" they had shown in the case. She also thanked Ms Cowan's family and friends for the way they conducted themselves during the trial.

Defence barrister John Benson KC asked for sentencing to be adjourned for a pre sentence report to be prepared.

Addressing Silcox, Judge Lloyd-Clarke said: "You have been convicted of murder, the sentence must be one of life imprisonment. I must determine the minimum term before you can apply to the parole board for release." Sentencing will take place on July 7.

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