Jailed for Kellie Marie's Manslaughter

12 and a half years in prison for James Tobin

A 21-year-old Port Talbot man has been jailed for twelve and a half years at Swansea Crown Court for the manslaughter of Kellie Marie Gillard.

James Tobin admitted killing his girlfriend after he hit her and she fell to the floor of his bedroom in Lower West End, Taibach.

Last October, Swansea Crown Court was told how Kellie suffered a ruptured artery in the head and was put on a life-support machine so her organs could be donated.

After Friday's sentencing, Kellie's family issued this statement: "On the 24 April 2015 James Tobin tragically and violently took the life of a much loved daughter, sister and auntie.

"Kellie was an amazing, beautiful person, full of life and energy. She lit up our lives and we were blessed to have had her as part of our family.

"We are devastated and will never get over her loss but are grateful that after a long and difficult investigation by South Wales Police Major Crime Investigation Team, James Tobin has finally been brought to justice and accepted responsibility for the death of Kellie.

"We are proud that Kellie (left) received the Order of St John award as a result of her organs being donated and saving the lives of others. That is something that sums up Kellie's kind and giving nature."

Acting Detective Inspector Peter Collins, from the Major Crime Investigation Team, said: "As always, our thoughts are with the family and friends of Kellie Gillard who I hope have been given some comfort by the conviction and sentencing of James Tobin.

"The tragic death of Kellie brought shock and sadness to the community of Port Talbot - and I would like to thank the local community for their support during the investigation.

"We welcome today's sentencing which brings an end to the criminal investigation and I again pass on my condolences to the Gillard family who have acted with great dignity and humility throughout this horrific ordeal.

He added: "Tackling domestic abuse is a priority for South Wales Police. I urge anyone who is a victim to seek help and support from the excellent partner agencies that provide assistance and expert advice. 

"Equally as important is for anyone who has information on those suffering domestic abuse to report it to us in confidence.

"This case has highlighted the devastating consequences that domestic abuse has on victims and their families."

Anyone with concerns about domestic abuse can call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.



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