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A 26-year-old man from Caerphilly has been sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Conner Marshall.
The 18-year-old was found in Trecco Bay Holiday Park on the morning of March 8th, with witnesses describing him having “stomach churning” injuries.
David Braddon pleaded guilty to his murder on 26th May, and was told he will serve at least 20 years behind bars.
Cardiff Crown Court heard it was a tragic case of mistaken identity, and that Braddon was looking for another man.
He was “out of his mind” on a cocktail of valium, cocaine and alcohol and said he didn’t realise he had attacked Conner, instead of the man he intended to cause “serious harm”.
The 26-year-old father said he was deeply sorry for the heartache he had caused Conner’s family and that he wanted to be punished “hard” for his actions.
Detective Chief Inspector Kath Pritchard from South Wales Police said:
“Today David Braddon has been convicted of a brutal and senseless crime. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Conner. We hope that today’s verdict can bring some solace to his family and friends and allow them to at least begin the process of rebuilding their lives following the loss of Conner.”
“We would like to thank the local community for their support and patience while we investigated Conner’s murder. We know incidents like this can cause a great deal of concern and anxiety. The community support has undoubtedly helped us to bring the person responsible for Conner’s murder to justice.”