Murderer’s family in shock after cannibal death

The hostel where the murder took place.

The family of a man who reportedly murdered a 22-year-old woman in an act of cannibalism say they are in "complete shock".

Cerys Marie Yemm died from her injuries at Sirhowy Arms Hotel, a homeless hostel in Argoed, Blackwood, South Wales yesterday.

Her attacker, 34-year-old Matthew Williams, who had recently been released from prison, also died at the scene shortly after police discharged a 50,000 volt Taser and arrested him.

His family told the BBC they were “devastated by the death of an innocent young lady”.

“Our thoughts and prayers at this time are with the victim, her family and friends,” they said.

“Words cannot express our grief.”

Gwent Police said that, while under arrest, Williams became unresponsive and officers and paramedics administered first aid but he was pronounced dead.

As well as the murder investigation, the Independent Police Complaints Commission watchdog has launched its own probe following the man’s death.

An IPCC spokesman said: “The IPCC is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of Mr Williams. A postmortem is being carried out today.”

The IPCC added that it was usual practice for this kind of an investigation to take place following the death of anyone in police custody.

Officers are treating Yemm’s death as murder and are not looking for anyone else. Her family, and officers who attended the incident, are being supported by specialist officers.

Police have refused to comment on the specifics of the incident, but sources confirmed the victim suffered substantial facial injuries.

Yemm, who worked in sales at clothes retailed Next, was described as a fun-loving young woman who had been at a Halloween party with friends just days before the attack.

It is believed she met her attacker through mutual friends.


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