17-year-old Ellie Gould died on May 3 2019 at the hands of her 17-year-old ex-boyfriend, Thomas Griffiths. Unable to accept the break-up, Griffiths attacked Ellie in her family home in Calne, stabbing her to death with a kitchen knife.
In November 2019, Griffiths received a lenient sentence due to his age. Although he was 18 at the time of sentencing, Griffiths only faces a minimum of 12-and-a-half years in prison. Carole Gould told ITV News, “We were just devastated that our daughter’s life was only 12 and a half years.”
This conviction led to a two-year campaign by Ellie’s parents to make sentences for teenage killers tougher. The Gould family appealed their case in court, but it was not ruled as lenient sentencing. According to Ellie’s mother, Carole, “Griffiths was treated like a 10-year-old, but he was only five months off being 18.”
Justice Secretary Robert Buckland announced the change in law on March 9. According to BBC News, under Ellie’s Law, Griffiths would have a starting sentence of at least 14 years. Albeit the change in law does not alter Griffiths’s sentence, it has lost him the right of a review. According to Carole Gould, “I think [Ellie] would be very proud.”