Crazed double killer to serve at least 23 years

Andrew Saunders who has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 23 years and four months at Cardiff Crown Court for fatally stabbing Matalan workers Zoe Morgan and Lee Simmons in September last year.
Andrew Saunders who has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 23 years and four months at Cardiff Crown Court for fatally stabbing Matalan workers Zoe Morgan and Lee Simmons in September last year.

A crazed killer who stabbed his ex-girlfriend and her new partner to death outside the shop where they worked has been jailed for at least 23 years.

Andrew Saunders, 21, ambushed Matalan employees Zoe Morgan, 21, and Lee Simmons, 33, as they arrived for work at the fashion chain’s store in Queen Street, Cardiff on September 28.

He bought knives and latex gloves in the days leading up to the double murder and used Google to search for topics including “the easiest way to kill a person” and “how long do murderers serve in prison”.

His final web searches were “how to slice a neck” and “how to smoke a cigar”.

Saunders used two knives to murder Mr Simmons and Miss Morgan, inflicting eight stab wounds on each of the victims.

Mrs Justice Nicola Davies jailed Saunders, of no fixed address, for life and ordered him to serve a minimum of 23 years and four months in prison.

The judge told the hotel receptionist: “In a sustained and brutal attack you ended these lives.

“You took away the futures of Lee Simmons and Zoe Morgan.

“You robbed the families of Lee Simmons and Zoe Morgan of a much-loved son and a much-loved daughter.

“The effect on each family has been devastating.”

Saunders admitted both murders at a hearing in December 2016.

In a statement released following the sentencing, Miss Morgan’s family said the whole family had a “life sentence” from her murder.

“We are all totally broken-hearted and will miss our beautiful, intelligent girl for the rest of our lives,” they said.

“We have had a life sentence put on us by the horrible individual.”