Tasered man dies after ‘cannibal’ attack

A convicted criminal has died in Wales after he was tasered after attacking a woman whose face he allegedly tried to eat.

Matthew Williams, 34, who had recently been released from prison after serving a five-year sentence for violence, was found in a room at the Sirhowy Arms in the Welsh Valleys with the woman. The former pub and B&B has been used as a hostel for homeless people and people on bail in recent years.

It is understood police were called after hostel security staff entered the room in the early hours of yesterday morning and discovered Williams biting the woman’s face.

When police arrived they tried to subdue him with a taser. He became unresponsive and died shortly after. The 22-year-old woman was declared dead at the scene.

Gwent Police are treating her death as murder.

It said: “At 1.23am this morning, we were called by a concerned member of the public to an incident at the Sirhowy Arms Hotel in Argoed, Blackwood, where it was reported that a man was attacking a woman. On arrival, both the male and female were still at the location. A taser was discharged, and a 34-year-old local man was arrested.

“Whilst under arrest, the man became unresponsive. Officers and paramedics administered First Aid but he was also pronounced dead at the scene. We are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.”


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