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Minimum of 22 years in jail for man who beat ex-girlfriend to death with crowbar

Emma Baum
Emma Baum

A man who beat his ex-girlfriend to death with a crowbar has been jailed for a minimum of 22 years.

Mother-of-one Emma Baum, 22, died from severe head injuries following a sustained attack by David Nicholas Davies, 25, at her home in the village of Penygroes, Gwynedd.

Her body was found in the back garden of the address on July 18 and officers from North Wales Police were called to the scene in Llwyndu Road at 10.45am.

However officers had visited the area hours earlier following a report from neighbours of a possible disturbance shortly after 4am - .the time of the brutal assault.

The matter has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

Davies, of Penrhiw Terrace, Clynnog, received a life term at Mold Crown Court on Thursday after he pleaded guilty to murder at an earlier hearing.

David Nicholas

Following sentencing, investigating officer Detective Superintendent Iestyn Davies said: "This is a tragic case and we extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Emma Louise Baum and we hope today's sentence will bring a sense of justice to them.

"I would like to thank all members of the public who assisted, the public response and eagerness to support the investigation was significant and I am extremely grateful to all concerned."

Shortly after her death, Ms Baum's mother Amanda said her daughter had "a heart of gold and would do anything for anybody".

In a statement she said: "I am so lost without her and she will be forever in our thoughts and prayers. She will always be in our hearts forever and always."