Suspect in ‘cannibal’ case dies from taser shot

LONDON - A suspected murderer, who was reportedly found in a hotel room in South Wales eating parts of a woman's face, was killed after police used a taser on him.

Matthew Williams, 34, was caught by police in a room in the Sirhowy Arms Hotel with a 22-year-old woman with severe facial injuries. Security staff raised the alarm after they found him allegedly eating her face, The Telegraph reported.

Williams, who was released from prison after a long sentence for violence just two weeks ago, died after he was struck by a high voltage taser that was being used to apprehend him. He was formally arrested but moments later, he became "unresponsive" and died.

The woman, who was not identified, also died from her injuries. "A murder investigation is underway into the death of the woman," said a police spokesman.

Williams, known by his nickname Fifi, had just been released after serving half of his five-year prison term for attacking his partner. He was a known face in Argoed village in Blackwood, where the hotel is located.

The victim had accompanied him to the hotel, which was converted into accommodation for vulnerable people several years ago. "Security said they told him no girls in his room and he didn't answer. When they opened the door, he was eating her face," police said.

"We are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident and an investigation is under way," they added.

The Sirhowy Arms was a pub until it was turned into a bed and breakfast, and bail hostel catering for up to 26 guests. Argoed county and community councillor Leon Gardiner said the village was in shock at the tragedy.

This article was first published on Nov 8, 2014.
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