Ex-girlfriend: Police have ‘a lot to answer for’ in Welsh cannibal attack

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The ex-girlfriend of the so-called Welsh Cannibal Matthew Williams, who was killed by police after murdering and eating the face of a 22-year-old woman, said that the police “had a lot to answer for” in the killing.

Williams had been released from prison two weeks prior to the attack after serving a five-year sentence for assault. An inquiry is being launched by the probation service as Williams was apparently not being monitored despite just having been released from jail.

“I’m in shock, I can’t believe it has happened,” said Williams’ ex-girlfriend Emma Thomas, who said that she was under court protection from Williams since they broke up two years ago.

“My heart goes out to that poor girl and her family, it’s just awful,” Thomas said. “Me and my family are thinking of them. At the end of the day I hope that the girl’s family gets justice for this because the police have failed big time.”

Williams had reportedly met his victim, Cerys Yemm, at a bar before taking her to a hostel where the murder took place.

“He got out of prison two weeks ago. I’m still under protection from him, he has killed a girl. The police have a lot to answer for, like a young girl being killed,” Thomas said. “I’m just mad at the fact that it is the police’s fault because they could have protected that young girl.”

“They know he was not safe. He didn’t go to prison for attacking me, it was someone else,” she continued. “We were together for 10 years and broke up about two and a half years ago.”