A man has been sentenced to life with a minimum term of 26 years at Swansea Crown Court for the murder of his partner.
Sammy-Lee Lodwig was found dead in April 2019 at a property in Swansea after being “brutally, mercilessly and repeatedly” stabbed by Jason Farrell.
Footage released by the Crown Prosecution Service showed 49-year-old Farrell write a “chilling” letter confessing to Sammy-Lee’s killing.
Farrell has also been sentenced to 14 years for causing grievous bodily harm with intent to harm another man. He will serve both sentences at the same time.
Sammy-Lee Lodwig’s body was found under a blood-stained duvet in Farrell’s basement flat on Carlton Terrace in Swansea.
The postmortem revealed the cause of death was stab wounds to the neck and chest which caused damage to both lungs. She died in the early hours of Tuesday 23rd April.
Farrell was arrested a day after Sammy-Lee’s death under suspicion of her murder. Armed police found him at a nearby flat, where they also seized a bag of bloodied clothing.
He was then taken to Morriston Hospital where he initially claimed he could not remember the attack. Whilst there, he then began to write down what happened which became his signed confession to killing Sammy-Lee.
He subsequently pleaded guilty to manslaughter – but denied murder.
He claimed to have pleaded not guilty to murder so that at his trial he could reveal the full story for the “benefit” of Sammy-Lee’s family.
The court heard that at the time of the incident, the pair had a “hectic relationship” and Farrell was a “jealous” boyfriend. It was also claimed that the pair were both drug addicts.
Farrell had also previously been in a relationship with Sammy-Lee’s mother, Sarah.
The prosecution said that Christopher Maher, the man Farrell was sentenced to 14 years for attacking days before murdering Sammy-Lee, was Sarah Lodwig’s new partner.
Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Darren George from South Wales Police’s Major Crime Team, said he hoped the sentence would bring Sammy-Lee’s family some closure.
In a statement, he said: “Sammy-Lee was a young woman whose life was tragically taken away after a sustained, brutal and violent attack at the hands of a person who she trusted.
“The jury found that Jason Farrell showed a complete disregard for Sammy-Lee’s life. She was tied up by Farrell and was told by him that he was going to kill her, which he sadly did by stabbing her multiple times.
“Farrell showed little remorse throughout the investigation or during the court proceedings.
“I am pleased with the verdict, and would like to thank the witnesses who provided evidence in this case and the jury for their service and for seeing through the lies offered by Farrell during the trial.
“I hope the conviction and sentence today can in some way bring closure to Sammy-Lee’s family and friends – my thoughts remain with them and Sammy-Lee.”
Sammy Lee’s family said she will remain in their hearts forever, “always loved and never forgotten”.