TRAGIC: Zoe Morgan, 21, and Lee Simmons, 33 were on their way to work at the time
After stabbing the couple, Andrew Saunders, 21, then texted his father: "Thanks for being a pathetic, useless father. Just killed two people. Cheers."
Matalan workers Zoe Morgan, 21, and Lee Simmons, 33, were stabbed to death by her jealous former boyfriend in Cardiff’s main shopping centre as they arrived at work in the morning.
A court heard that he searched online for "16 steps to kill someone and not get caught”, ”How long do murders get in prison?", "How to get a gun illegally UK" and "Three easy ways to make a bottle bomb (with pictures)".
Before he set off on the murder he left a letter saying: "I think ISIS are the good guys most of the time and that’s pretty messed up. No one will forget me.”
Police and forensic officers at the scene in Queen Street, near Cardiff Castle after the bodies of a man and a woman were found in Cardiff city centre. BRUTAL: Andrew Saunders fled the scene but was later found by police
Current Time 0:00
Duration Time 0:00
Remaining Time -0:00
- descriptions off, selected
- subtitles off, selected
- captions settings, opens captions settings dialog
- captions off, selected
This is a modal window.
Captions Settings Dialog
Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.
Text Color White Black Red Green Blue Yellow Magenta Cyan Transparency Opaque Semi-Opaque Background Color Black White Red Green Blue Yellow Magenta Cyan Transparency Opaque Semi-Transparent Transparent Window Color Black White Red Green Blue Yellow Magenta Cyan Transparency Transparent Semi-Transparent Opaque
Font Size 50% 75% 100% 125% 150% 175% 200% 300% 400%
Text Edge Style None Raised Depressed Uniform Dropshadow
Font Family Proportional Sans-Serif Monospace Sans-Serif Proportional Serif Monospace Serif Casual Script Small Caps
He also told Miss Morgan that he had contacted Mr Simmons on Facebook, telling him that he would kill him and "smash his f****** head in".
Prosecuting, Philip Bennett QC told Cardiff Crown Court that Miss Morgan and Saunders had previously been in a relationship.
"Shortly before six in the morning Zoe Morgan and her partner Lee Simmons were standing outside their place of work, Matalan in Queen Street in Cardiff, when the defendant attacked Mr Simmons, stabbing him repeatedly with a knife.
"Zoe Morgan ran but the defendant caught up with her outside Boots where he repeatedly stabbed her."
SHOCK: Zoe Morgan and Lee Simmons worked together at Matalan Emergency responders inspecting Leytonstone tube station after a lone man injured several people in a knife attack
After fleeing the scene, the killer’s sister called 999, reporting that Saunders had arrived home with blood on him and had a gun, saying that he had killed Miss Morgan and Mr Simmons.
Police attended his home and arrested Saunders, who told them: "I’m sorry, you know sometimes you just snap.”
Saunders admitted to murder and will be sentenced on Tuesday when the judge will set a minimum term for his life sentence.