Heartbroken mum of murdered schoolgirl fears run-in with parents of daughter’s killer who live nearby – The Sun
THE shattered mum of a murdered teen Ellie Gould is living in fear of a run-in with her killer's parents who live nearby.
Ellie Gould, 17, was knifed at least 13 times by teen brute Thomas Griffiths, 18, in her family home in Calne, Wilts in May.
The sixth former at Hardenhuish School in a “pool of blood” by her horrified dad.
She was pronounced dead after emergency services were called to the house at 3.15pm on May 3.
Thomas stabbed Ellie to death after she refused to be his girlfriend and was jailed for 12 years for the brutal knife murder last month.
He devastated mum Carole, 48, has now revealed she lives in fear of bumping into his parents who live just round the corner.
She told The Mirror: "I got the 2.15pm train home and a friend told me she had seen them arriving in Bath at the same time. I could so easily have seen them. I don't know how I would have reacted.
"Ellie loved Christmas. We would go shopping together and have a lovely time. This year it is just something to be endured.
I got the 2.15pm train home and a friend told me she had seen them arriving in Bath at the same time. I could so easily have seen them. I don't know how I would have reacted.
"One of the little things I remember from last year was Ellie in her pinny preparing the sprouts in the kitchen with her brother.
"It is very difficult to go into that kitchen without thinking about what happened there."
School friends revealed that when Ellie said she was “too busy” for a relationship, he attacked her.
Her family described her as “a joy to be around” and told of her work for her favourite charity, Riding for the Disabled.
Sobbing Griffiths was jailed for a minimum of 12 years and 6 months after admitting he killed the teen girl – telling the court he was “so sorry”.
Richard Smith QC said the teen had snapped when Ellie rejected his appeals to get back together after she dumped him to concentrate on her study.
Chillingly, he tried to cover up the crime – putting his ex’s hand on the knife to make it look like she had killed herself.
The jilted teen then texted friends claiming he had been “scratching” himself due to the stress he was under with family and exams to explain injuries he had received as she desperately tried to fight back.
It wasn’t until 3pm that Ellie was found “face down in a pool of blood, with the knife in her neck” by her horrified dad Matthew Gould.
Carole previously said she “had welcomed the defendant into their house, sat him around the dinner table, celebrated a 17th birthday with him and less than three months later saw that he had murdered their daughter.”
We previously revealed Ellie wrote an essay demanding proper punishment for young killers — weeks before her boyfriend killed her.
She argued her case by referring to the murder of James Bulger, two, in 1993.
Griffiths will be eligible to apply for a sentence reduction after half the time imposed.
Because he was under 18, terms can be shortened if “the offender’s welfare may be seriously prejudiced by his continued imprisonment”.
Ellie’s family say he should serve at least 17 years — equal to her age — given his lack of remorse. A decision on any review will be made on December 6.
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