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Man, 20, ’viciously murdered’ in street by love rival and accomplices, court hears

A relationship triangle ended with a 20-year-old man being the victim of a ‘vicious murder’, a court heard.

Malaciah Joseph Thomas died at the scene after being stabbed multiple times in a Grangetown street last year.

Jurors were told that Daniel Roberts, 21, who is accused of delivering the fatal wound, had a grievance with Mr Thomas who was in a relationship with his ex-girlfriend Naomi Davies.

Roberts, of no fixed address, was allegedly part of a group of four men who attacked Butetown man Mr Thomas in Holmesdale Street in the early hours of July 23.

The four men started the attack in Holmesdale Street before following Mr Thomas to Corporation Road, said prosecutor Patrick Harrington QC. He said it was there Daniel Roberts, 21, who has no fixed address, fatally stabbed Mr Thomas.

Prosecutor Patrick Harrington told the court: “Daniel Roberts had become increasingly angry that Naomi Davies was seeing Malaciah Thomas.

“She had known Malaciah for years, their relationship lacked stability and came to a stormy end but resumed.

“It was a viscous, murderous knife attack and all the defendants were complicit.”

Describing Roberts, Mr Harrington said: “He is a big man, a powerful man and an agile man, as you will see.

“It appears he is not a very brave man because he went to confront his rival taking three accomplices with him.”

After the incident, prosecutors said, Christopher Griffiths, 30, who is also accused of being involved in the attack and was living in a flat on Newport Road in Cardiff at the time, fled to Kent as he and Roberts ‘sought refuge’ with his mother, admitting to her what had happened.

Awez Jamshaid, 20, who had been living with his parents in Moore Close in Ely, and Saif Shahzad, 19, from Fidlas Road in Cyncoed are also on trial.

The four men deny murder and the trial continues.

-By James Thomas (@JamesThomasHere)