Family’s abuse plea after Mountain Ash murder

The family of a woman murdered by her partner have urged victims of domestic abuse to “not suffer in silence”.

Bethan Callaghan, 20, was beaten up by “possessive and jealous” Terry Andrews, 36, at their home in Mountain Ash, Rhondda Cynon Taf, but Andrews waited 14 hours before calling an ambulance.  He had denied murder but was convicted at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court and was jailed for life.

Ms Callaghan’s family said “there are people that care and can help”.  The trial on Tuesday heard that Andrews had “punched and kicked” Ms Callaghan in their home before taking her body into a back lane.  The pair had argued about text messages Ms Callaghan had received, the court heard.

He later carried his partner’s body in a wheelbarrow back into their home after telling neighbours that she had been hit by a car.  When he eventually called paramedics, he told them she “didn’t want a fuss” by having an ambulance. But she died later in hospital.

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