Matthew Jewell QC acts for prosecution against 'violent porn addict' who murdered flatmate

3 December 2018

Matthew Jewell QC, instructed by CPS Wessex, recently appeared on behalf of the prosecution at Winchester Crown Court at the sentencing hearing of a man who violently murdered his flatmate and subsequently committed an act of sexual assault upon her. The defendant, Ryan Thornton, attacked Stela Domador-Kuzma in her bed after deciding to mark his 20th birthday with "violent forced sex", the court heard.

Matthew Jewell QC told the court the victim had recently moved into the shared four-bedroom property, which had a communal kitchen and bathroom but locked bedrooms. He said the defendant had spent the evening of the 7th July watching the England v Sweden World Cup match in a pub and had gone on to buy lager and gin before returning to the flat, where he also smoked cannabis. The court then heard that Thornton, who admitted murder, watched a violent pornographic film on his computer before the attack in Richmond Gardens, Bournemouth, in the early hours of 8th July.

Police attended the flat and found Ms Domador-Kuzma's room locked with no reply from inside. They used a spare set of keys in the kitchen to enter her room where they discovered her naked body covered in blood under a duvet. Officers also found a blood-stained kitchen knife on a sofa in the flat and a pornographic video depicting violent incest open on Thornton's laptop.Thornton's computer also contained other violent and forced sexual pornography videos as well as indecent images of children. Sentencing, Judge Mrs Justice May told him: "You impulsively decided to make a present to yourself on your 20th birthday of "violent forced sex". "The bewilderment and terror she experienced can only be imagined," she added.

Thornton was given a life sentence with a 22 and a half-year minimum term. For more information see press links below:

1. BBC

2. Bournemouth Echo

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