Ian Davies death: Paul Mapps guilty of Trinant murder

Paul Mapps Mapps said there were issues with Mr Davies which needed "sorting"

Related Stories

A man who stabbed a friend to death after a failed romance with his sister has been found guilty of murder.

Paul Mapps, 26, stabbed Ian Davies, 27, at a house party in Trinant, Caerphilly county.

The court heard the men had been good friends until Mr Davies starting dating Mapps' sister Dawn, 30. After they broke up, the relationship between the men became "somewhat volatile".

Mapps was found guilty by a majority verdict at Cardiff Crown Court.

The trial jury heard how Mapps and Mr Davies had been drinking together shortly before the attack.

Mapps was heard repeatedly saying he had an issue with his friend which needed "sorting out".

Mapps, of Trinant, had denied murder, but was found guilty by a 10-2 majority.

Det Ch Insp Richard Williams, of Gwent Police, said: "Since Ian's death Paul Mapps has sought to absolve himself of any responsibility by first claiming someone else was responsible, and when this was disproved, claiming he was acting in self-defence.

"His attempts to deceive the court have failed and I hope the verdict brings the family some closure."

He will be sentenced on 6 August.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC South East Wales



7 °C 2 °C

Features & Analysis

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • KnucklesGood or bad?

    For many it can be very satisfying to 'crack' the bones in your hand, but is it bad for you?


  • BatteriesClick Watch

    More power to your phone - the lithium-ion batteries that could last twice as long

Try our new site and tell us what you think. Learn more
Take me there

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.