A JURY has been told of the “horrific” scene that confronted the owner of a Gwent hostel for the homeless, in the room where Matthew Williams killed Cerys Yemm on November 6, 2014.
In an overview of events at the Sirhowy Arms Hotel in Argoed that ended with the deaths of both Miss Yemm and Mr Williams in the early hours of that day, senior coroner for Gwent David Bowen described how Mandy Miles had unlocked and entered the room after reports of screaming from inside at around 1.07am.
Mrs Miles is scheduled to give evidence at the inquest into the deaths, which opened in Newport yesterday - and Mr Bowen told the jury:
“Mrs Miles will describe what she saw, a girl lying on her back on the floor with Matthew Williams lying on top of her, and that the scene was horrific, with blood everywhere.”
“It seems that Mrs Miles will say that she did not see any sign of life in (Cerys Yemm).”
Mr Bowen added that Mrs Miles spoke to Mr Williams, who “responded aggressively” before continuing his attack on Miss Yemm.
After closing the door, Mrs Miles telephone the police, said Mr Bowen.
The door to the room - which was Mr Williams’ - was opened only briefly once more before the police arrived at 1.37am.
Mrs Miles’ husband Raymond then opened it. Three officers went in and, said Mr Bowen, “used a Taser in stun mode more than once.”
When paramedics arrived at 1.48am they “quickly formed the view that Miss Yemm was dead,” said Mr Bowen.
Mr Williams was in the recovery position but breathing, but shortly afterwards his condition changed.
He was taken the ambulance but stopped breathing. Resuscitation was attempted, but he was pronounced dead at 2.18am.
The jury was told too, that Miss Yemm, aged 22, of Oakdale, had met Mr Williams, 34, two weeks prior to her death, on a night out in Blackwood, and had subsequently spent time together.
Mr Williams had been released very recently from Parc prison in Bridgend, where he had served all of a 27-month sentence.
Having nowhere to live, he had been housed by Caerphilly council at the Sirhowy Arms Hotel.
He and Miss Yemm spent the evening of November 5, 2014, at the house of a friend of Mr Williams’, before going back to the hostel at around midnight.
Mr Bowen said the inquest will consider the medical causes of the deaths, how they came about, whether the use of force by police “caused or substantially contributed to” Mr Williams’ death, and whether the use of force was reasonable in the circumstances.
It will also hear about any drugs or alcohol Williams may have taken, and what part they may have played in his death.
The inquest will resume tomorrow.