A young woman was beaten, strangled and left to drown in a ditch as she walked home alone after a night out with family and friends, a court heard today.
Ffion Wyn Roberts, 22, was attacked just a short distance from her home in Porthmadog, North Wales, Caernarfon Crown Court was told.
Iestyn Davies, 54, a wool factory worker from the same village, denies her murder.
Opening the case for the prosecution today, Elwen Evans QC told the jury that CCTV and DNA evidence was “overwhelming” against Davies.
She said: “Ffion was attacked, she was strangled, she was drowned in a water drainage ditch.
“There is no explanation of what happened, Ffion cannot tell us and the defendant won’t.
“But there is an overwhelming case against this defendant. Evidence which, we say, links him to the knot with which Ffion was strangled, evidence which links him to the tears in her clothing.”
Care worker Ffion was killed in the early hours of Saturday April 10 last year.
She had spent Friday evening having drinks in local pubs with her parents but they returned home and she joined friends as the night went on.
Ffion left the Union public house in the neighbouring village of Tremadog with her friends at about 3.30am the following morning.
Ffion’s group eventually went their separate ways and she continued alone along the main road back to Porthmadog, Miss Evans said.
CCTV captured images of her arriving at her home village and getting closer to home. The final image to catch her alive was at 4.26am as she turned into Madoc Street, Miss Evans said.
Her body was found in a water drainage channel known as Y Cyt (The Cut), later that day.
A post-mortem examination found it was likely she was alive when she was placed into the water where she drowned.