Cannibal killer was ‘hearing voices and seeing in negative’ after injecting himself with an ounce of ‘miaow-miaow’ before attacking 22-year-old and eating her face
- Matthew Williams, 34, was allegedly found eating his 22-year-old victim’s face
- Victim named as shopworker Cerys Yemm – pair met at pub just hours earlier
- Witnesses said hotel staff burst in on Williams eating her face
- Williams smoked cannabis and injected miaow-miaow before the attack
- Police called to Sirhowy Arms Hotel in Caerphilly, South Wales, on Thursday
- Williams was then hit with a Taser while at hotel and became unresponsive
- He died while under arrest – incident under investigation by police watchdog
- Miss Yemm was later pronounced dead and suffered severe facial injuries
- Williams was released from prison two weeks earlier for attacking partner
A killer cannibal who ate his victim alive went crazy after going on a massive drugs binge when released from prison it has emerged. Eye-witnesses claim that Matthew Williams, 34, took a huge cocktail of mind-bending drugs including miaow miaow just before the savage attack. Williams told friends he was hearing voices and hallucinating before attacking Cerys Yemm, 22, biting off parts of her face. Williams visited a house along with a friend and his victim where it is claimed he drank heavily, smoked cannabis and injected Mkat. Williams then started showing signs of psychotic behaviour saying everything looked like a negative photograph. But the man, a key police witness, has told investigating officers he had no reason to believe Williams would kill Ms Yemm in his room at the Sirhowy Arms Hotel in the village of Argoed, near Blackwood, South Wales. Williams had previous convictions for violence and drugs and Ms Yemm’s heartbroken family are demanding to know why he wasn’t being properly supervised. The key witness said: ‘Williams had just met Cerys and we all went to a friend’s house for the evening.
The witness said: ‘He had an ounce of miaow miaow on him and at some stage during the night he injected himself. ‘He was also taking large quantities of prescription beta blockers given to him to help overcome his drugs habit. ‘He said they were given to him when he was released from prison a couple of weeks ago. ‘He seemed okay but he said he’d been hearing voices and seeing things like they were in negative. ‘We were in the house until 11.30 – Cerys was there the whole time but she wasn’t involved in any of the drug taking.
‘They left together and Williams said he would take her back to his hotel where he would call a taxi to get her home.’ But Williams, who had convictions for violence, enticed her into his room at the nine-bedroomed hotel even though he was banned from having woman guests. Ms Yemm was heard screaming in the early hours and security staff at the hotel which operates as a bail hostel for offenders, burst into the room. They saw Williams eating her face in what was described as a ‘Hannibal Lecter’ style act of cannibalism and police were called. A lone woman police officer was yesterday hailed a heroine for stopping the cannibal killer by shooting him with a Taser. The female officer was first on the scene and found Williams crouched over Ms Yemm’s bloodied body eating her face. She ordered him to step away from his victim – when he refused she discharged the high voltage stun gun bringing the attack to an end. Williams was arrested but died minutes later and his victim was also declared dead the the scene. The brave unnamed woman officer has been relieved of her duties and is getting special counseling because of the scene she witnessed. A police insider said: ‘She was the nearest officer to the crime scene when the 999 call came through. ‘She was first on the scene and followed her training by warning the suspect her was about to be tasered. ‘Other officers were there within minutes but she had to face an incredibly gruesome scene and then respond in a professional way. ‘She is getting all the support she needs from the force.’ A post-mortem is being carried out to discover if Williams died of the electric shock from the Taser or if there were other factors.
Gwent Police have searched the house in Blackwood where Ms Yemm spent her final few hours before the attack. Friends in the nearby town of Blackwood said Williams was a known drug user and often injected drugs after drinking excessive alcohol and taking pills. He had been living at the Sirhowy Arms Hotel serves as a temporary home for offenders who have recently been released from prison. Gwent AM William Graham said: ‘Reports around the recent release of Williams from prison – and an apparent lack of monitoring – are hugely worrying. ‘If true, a wider inquiry into the circumstances surrounding his release is urgently required. ‘It is now clear that Mr Williams posed a risk to the public and I am extremely concerned that monitoring appears to have been deemed unnecessary. ‘Questions must be answered by authorities and a full explanation provided on the decisions taken in this extremely tragic case.” Ms Yemm was a student at Coleg Gwent between 2008 and April 2009, studying a First Diploma in health and social care, and staff were saddened to hear the news of her death. Principal Jim Bennett said: ‘Cerys left the college five years ago. It is always an extremely upsetting experience to learn of the loss of a former student. We would like to send our deepest sympathy and condolences to Cerys’ family, friends and loved ones.’ She used to work at father Dean’s pub in Abercarn, the New Inn and then worked at the Next clothing store in Newport Retail Park where she was described as ‘a very popular member of her team’.