Jordan Matthews jailed for at least 18 years
A Cardiff man 's been jailed for at least 18 years for murdering his girlfriend after getting "paranoid" about her being unfaithful to him.
24-year-old Xixi Bi died in hospital after the attack by Jordan Matthews, 24, at their flat in Llandaff, Cardiff, in August.
He was jailed for life at Cardiff Crown Court today (Feb 21) and must serve at least 18 years after being found guilty by a jury last week.
Following the sentencing, the victim's family said: "Xi Xi was a much loved daughter, sister, granddaughter, and friend to so many people.
She was an intelligent and energetic person who had a very bright future and her whole life in front of her.
"All this was taken away from her, and us, by the selfish, mindless and gutless actions of Jordan Matthews who brutally killed her for no other reason than jealousy.
"He has wallowed in self-pity and refused to accept the truth. This has meant that we have had to endure having to hear the events of Xi Xi's death played out in the public arena of the crown court and the media.
"The heart has been ripped out of our family.
"We accept the decision of the court and hope that the sentence imposed upon Jordan Matthews will prevent him ever having the opportunity to hurt anyone else and give him time to reflect on his actions.
"We would like to thank Mr Lewis QC, the Crown Prosecution Service and South Wales Police for their hard work and ensuring justice has been done for Xi Xi and our family."
Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Gareth Morgan said: "Xi Xi Bi was enjoying her life living and studying in Cardiff, but that tragically changed when she met Jordan Matthews.
"Matthews identified the vulnerabilities that Xi Xi had and manipulated them with his controlling and coercive behaviour which escalated into extreme and sustained violence that led to her death.
"We must work together as police, partners and communities to protect the vulnerable and I would urge anyone who is in a relationship where there is physical or mental abuse to report it in confidence so that we can help and prevent further incidents."