Priti Patel orders review into Ruth Williams’ murder


Home Secretary Priti Patel has ordered a review into the circumstances behind the murder of Ruth Williams.

Previously, Ruth Williams, 67, was murdered by strangulation by her husband Anthony, 70, at their home in Cwmbran, South Wales, during the Covid-19 lockdown on March 28 last year.

Williams was then given a five-year prison term after being found guilty of murder. It was said that Williams was “severely affected” by depression and anxiety. There was also no evidence of preceding domestic violence.

“Having personally reviewed this case, the Home Secretary is not satisfied with the conclusions reached by Torfaen County Borough Council Public Service Board that there are no lessons to be learned from this tragic death,” said safeguarding minister Victoria Atkins.

“That is why she has written to the board to instruct it to establish a domestic homicide review,” she added.

The order followed a public backlash as campaigners claimed the punishment is too lenient.

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