Murdered schoolgirl Ellie Gould’s dad ‘haunted’ by finding her in pool of blood

A murdered teenager's dad has told of the 'frightening, horrific' moment he found his daughter lying stabbed to death in a pool of blood.

The family of slain 17-year-old Ellie Gould have branded her killer a danger to society and described the "raw, searing pain" his actions have caused.

Ellie, 17, was murdered by her ex-boyfriend Thomas Griffiths in the kitchen of her family home in Calne, Wiltshire, on May 3.

He stabbed her to death then arranged the scene to make it look as though she had inflicted the wounds on herself.


Bristol Crown Court heard how Ellie's body was discovered at hours after she was stabbed by her father Matthew Gould.

In a victim personal statement, Mr Gould said: "I found Ellie lying on the kitchen floor in a pool of blood with further blood spatters on the kitchen cabinets.

"The was the most frightening, horrific and saddest scene I have ever witnessed.

"The image of Ellie lying there on the floor has haunted me since that afternoon.

"It fills my thoughts when trying to sleep and hijacks my mind when trying to go about my day."

Richard Smith QC, prosecuting, summarised the victim personal statements written by Mr Gould and his wife Carole.


He said Mr Gould described how the incident had left him in "emotional pain, feeling helpless, empty and bitter".

"He says that he simply can't find the words to express the anguish," Mr Smith told Bristol Crown Court.

Ellie's mother described how her daughter's death had impacted on their family but also the local community.

Mrs Gould said she "never dreamt" she would ever be writing a statement in such circumstances.

"No mother should have to hold the cold hand of a murdered child," Mrs Gould wrote.

"Her brutal end plays on my mind constantly."

The court heard how the Gould family had welcomed Griffiths into their home and allowed him to stay overnight.

Mr Smith, referring to Mrs Gould's statement, said: "She had welcomed the defendant into their house, sat him around the dinner table, celebrating a 17th birthday with him and less than three months later saw that he had murdered her daughter.

"The house in which they still reside is a constant reminder and they cannot see that they can stay there."

Mr Justice Garnham, who sentenced Griffiths on Friday, said the murder had left Ellie's family and friends suffering misery and heartbreak.

"The victim impact statements read to the court this morning demonstrate the raw, searing pain they have suffered, and will continue to suffer," the judge said.

In an interview with the BBC, Mrs Gould said she wanted to see Griffiths spend the rest of his life in prison.

"He's a danger to society, particularly to women," she said.

"He became obsessed with Ellie within a matter of weeks. He could become obsessed with another woman and who knows what could happen?"

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