‘Evil’ teen jailed for homophobic killing ‘went off rails after parents split’


Dionne Timms-Williams, then 16, was spotted laughing by a witness as she punched and kicked Dr Gary Jenkins during a horrific attack in Wales during July last year

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Dionne Timms-Williams questioned after death of Dr Gary Jenkins in 2021

An “evil” teen jailed for kicking a father to death in a homophobic attack was a “daddy’s girl” who “had gone off the rails” after her parents split, neighbors have claimed.

Dionne Timms-Williams, then 16, was spotted laughing by a witness as she punched and kicked Dr Gary Jenkins during a horrific attack in July last year.

Father-of-two Dr Jenkins, 54, was attacked in the shadow of a historic castle, with CCTV audio capturing his dying pleas for help.

A court heard Dr Jenkins went into Bute Park, Cardiff, in the early hours of the morning when Timms-Williams and two others attacked him.

Timms-Williams could be heard shouting “do it” in a 15-minute recording, while she called the helpless victim a “f***ing pig.”

She was later seen smirking in her custody picture and showed no remorse for the sickening assault.







Dionne Timms-Williams was handed a life sentence with a minimum of 18 years
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Timms-Williams, now 17, Jason Edwards, 25, and Lee Strickland, 36, were jailed for a minimum of 84 years last week for the brutal robbery and killing.

Judge Daniel Williams said the attack was motivated by “sheer homophobia.”

Former neighbors of Timms-Williams have expressed their shock that such a “quiet girl” could commit such a heinous attack.

One neighbor told The Sun: “Everyone around here is absolutely stunned by this awful murder.

“Dionne comes from two lovely parents, yet she’s gone out and done this.”







Dr Gary Jenkins was killed during a horrific attack in July last year in Wales
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Dr Jenkins died in hospital
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Timms-Williams is said to have been “distraught” when her parents split up, although this does not explain the callous killing.

Another neighbor added: “Believe it or not, Dionne was a lovely girl. She was very quiet but she was always friendly and polite.”

Other neighbors described Timms-Williams as a “daddy’s girl” before she started to “hang around kids that were up to no good.”

They claimed it had become obvious she had “gone off the rails.”

Timms-Williams had lived in a presentable cul-de-sac, they said.







Lee Strickland, 36, was sentenced to life with a minimum of 33 years
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Former neighbors of Timms-Williams have expressed their shock that she could commit such a heinous attack
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Another added: “She was sweet and pretty growing up and never any trouble – it’s hard to believe what’s happened.

“She was like Jekyll and Hyde, there was a huge change in her. I think most people in the village knew she was messing about with drugs. She could look very vacant at times.”

Edwards, Strickland and Timms-Williams pleaded not guilty to manslaughter, robbery and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

But they were found guilty of murder after a trial at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court.







Jason Edwards, 26, was sentenced to life with a minimum of 33 years
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Timms-Williams was described by her neighbors as being a ‘nice girl’
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The trial previously heard bisexual Dr Jenkins had gone to the park looking to meet “like-minded men” on July 20 last year.

He was rushed to the University Hospital of Wales but he died of an “unsurvivable brain injury” 16 days later.

In a victim impact statement, his wife said the family’s “world fell apart” when they found out about the attack.

Cardiff Crown Court heard Louis Williams desperately tried to shield Dr Jenkins from the fatal blows near the Summerhouse Cafe.

He told police that Timms-Williams was: “F***ing evil. Sadistic”, following the attack.







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In a victim impact statement, Mr Williams said: “I still feel this is not about me. I did not get killed. I feel guilty still.

“I’m shocked that a juvenile can do such things and it has made me question our society.”

The court heard Mr Williams was left wondering: “Should I have been a better fighter” after Dr Jenkins’ horrific death.

Prosecutor Dafydd Enoch QC previously said the attackers had positioned themselves in the park “to target somebody for robbery and violence”.

Strickland was spotted on CCTV just eight minutes after the attack when he attempted to buy whiskey with Dr Jenkins’ stolen bank card.

The court heard Edwards and Timms-Williams were also seen on security footage after they left the park and shared a hug.

Edwards and Strickland were bothered sentenced to life with a minimum of 33 years.

Timms-Williams was handed a life sentence with a minimum of 18 years.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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