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Girl behind homophobic murder of doctor with two other men named

Girl behind homophobic murder of doctor with two other men

A teenage girl has been found guilty along with two men of the homophobic murder of a doctor in a Cardiff park.

Dionne Timms-Williams, 17, was seen laughing as she punched and kicked father-of-two Dr Gary Jenkins, 54, during a brutal robbery in Bute Park, Cardiff.

Dr Jenkins visited the park ‘looking for sexual contact with other men’ on July 20 last year, while his three killers were looking to rob ‘vulnerable gay men’, a court heard.

A witness who tried to save Dr Jenkins as he begged for his life described Timms-Williams as ‘f****** evil’ and ‘sadistic’.

During the trial, Timms-Williams, who was 16 at the time, claimed she took part in the attack alongside Jason Edwards, 25, and Lee Strickland, 36, because she was ‘scared for her life’ if she did not join in.

Dr Jenkins suffered multiple severe brain injuries and died in hospital 16 days on August 5.

Prosecutor Dafydd Enoch QC said the attack had been ‘motivated by greed, homophobia and straight-up violence’.

Timms-Williams, who was 16 at the time, is believed not to have known Edwards or Strickland before that night.

Undated handout photo issued by South Wales Police of Gary Jenkins who died on August 5 following an assault in Bute Park, Cardiff, in July. Mr Jenkins, 54, from Cardiff Bay, had been in a life-threatening condition since the incident during the early hours of Tuesday, July 20. Issue date: Monday August 9, 2021. PA Photo. Jason Edwards, 25, and Lee William Strickland, 36, both from Cardiff, and a 16-year-old girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, are remanded in custody and are due to next appear at Cardiff Crown Court on August 23 in connection with the incident. See PA story POLICE Cardiff . Photo credit should read: South Wales Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Dr Gary Jenkins, 54, was brutally murdered in Bute Park, Cardiff (Picture: PA)
A 17-year-old girl and two men are facing life in jail for murdering a psychiatrist in a horror park attack. Young Dionne Timms-Williams (PICTURED) then just 16, joined Jason Edwards, 25, and Lee Strickland, 36, for brutal robbery and killing. Father-of-two Dr Gary Jenkins, 54, took place in the shadow of an historic castle while audio CCTV footage captured his dying pleas for help. A court heard Dr Jenkins went into Bute Park, Cardiff, in the early hours of the morning when the three attacked. Timms-Williams, who was just 16 at the time, was spotted laughing by a witness as she punched and kicked Dr Jenkins. WALES NEWS SERVICE
Dionne Timms-Williams was just 16 when she helped punch and kick a father-of-two to death (Picture: Wales News Service)
Lee Strickland arrives at court in handcuffs (Picture: Wales News Service)
Jason Edwards, 25, was seen kissing the 16-year-old girl after they killed Dr Jenkins (Picture: Wales News Service)

After meeting them in Queen Street and accepting a can of cider, she walked with them to the Esso garage in Cathedral Road, where she paid for more cans of alcohol.

The trio then entered Bute Park and spent time in the seating area outside the Summerhouse Cafe, opposite the Millennium Bridge.

A key part of the prosecution’s evidence was an audio recording of the attack taken from a CCTV camera in the cafe.

It gave the sickening account of how Dr Jenkins was ‘cruelly beaten, robbed, tortured and left for dead’.

Beginning just before 1am, Dr Jenkins can be heard repeatedly yelling ‘leave me alone’ and ‘get off me’.

Screengrab taken from CCTV footage dated 20/07/21 issued by South Wales Police of Jason Edwards (left) and Dionne Timms-Williams on North Street, Cardiff at 1.29am. Jason Edwards, 25, Lee Strickland, 36, and Dionne Timms-Williams, 17, have been found guilty the Merthyr Crown Court of the homophobic murder of consultant psychiatrist Dr Gary Jenkins who was violently assaulted in Bute Park in the early hours of July 20 2021. Issue date: Thursday February 3, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story COURTS Cardiff . Photo credit should read: South Wales Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Jason Edwards and Dionne Timms-Williams were seen hugging and kissing after the attack (Picture: PA)
Screengrab taken from CCTV footage dated 20/07/21 issued by South Wales Police of Lee Strickland using Gary Jenkins's bank card at the Esso Garage on Cathedral Road, Cardiff at 1.21am. Jason Edwards, 25, Lee Strickland, 36, and Dionne Timms-Williams, 17, have been found guilty the Merthyr Crown Court of the homophobic murder of consultant psychiatrist Dr Gary Jenkins who was violently assaulted in Bute Park in the early hours of July 20 2021. Issue date: Thursday February 3, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story COURTS Cardiff . Photo credit should read: South Wales Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Lee Strickland, 36, was filmed using Dr Jenkins’ debit card to buy alcohol after the sickening attack (Picture: PA)
Screengrab taken from CCTV footage dated 19/07/21 issued by South Wales Police of Dionne Timms-Williams (left), Jason Edwards (centre) and Lee Strickland in Queen Street, Cardiff, at 11.15pm. Edwards, 25, Strickland, 36, and Timms-Williams, 17, have been found guilty the Merthyr Crown Court of the homophobic murder of consultant psychiatrist Dr Gary Jenkins who was violently assaulted in Bute Park in the early hours of July 20 2021. Issue date: Thursday February 3, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story COURTS Cardiff . Photo credit should read: South Wales Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Dionne Timms-Williams is seen meeting Jason Edwards and Lee Strickland in Cardiff at 11.15pm before they carry out the murder (Picture: PA)

Timms-Williams shouts ‘money’ and ‘now’ before Edwards shouts homophobic slurs in a Liverpool accent.

Dr Jenkins repeatedly pleaded for his life, asking ‘why?’ and ‘please, stop it’.

His moans of pain become quieter before he is unable to speak any more.

Timms-Williams is then heard saying ‘get down’, ‘do it all over again’, ‘do it’ and ‘hit him again’.

Another male voice at one point says: ‘Stamp on his head. Stamp on his head too.’ Another says ‘keep going’ and ‘oh, let me stamp on him again’.

The attack lasts for 15 minutes, after which Timms-Williams says: ‘Yeah, I needed that.’

Witness Louis Williams attempts to intervene throughout the attack before the three attackers assault him.

He told police how he attempted to lie on top of Dr Jenkins to shield him from the repeated kicks and punches.

Following the attack, Strickland bought a bottle of whiskey with Dr Jenkins’ debit card, while Timms-Williams and Edwards hugged and kissed each other.

Dr Jenkins’ blood was later found on one of Edwards’ black Fila trainers.

When questioned by police, Edwards denied being in Bute Park but said it was a ‘dirty park’ because gay men go there.

Strickland was stopped by plain clothes police that same night, and found with cut knuckles. His blood was discovered inside the pocket of Dr Jenkins’ jeans.

The clothes worn by Timms-Williams that night were never found, with the prosecution claiming she was ‘forensically aware’ and intentionally got rid of them.

Judge Daniel Williams said the trio will be sentenced at a later date.

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