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Woman wakes up in shallow grave after fiancé tried to strangle, bury her

According to reports,  Stacey Gwilym, 34, woke up to find herself covered in branches and leaves after her fiancé strangled her and tried to hide her unconscious body.

Keith Hughes and fiancée, Stacey Gwilym

New reports reveal that a bride-to-be woke up to find herself in a shallow grave dug by her fiance after he had tried to strangle her then bury her, leaving her for dead.

According to reports,  Stacey Gwilym, 34, woke up to find herself covered in branches and leaves after her fiancé strangled her and tried to hide her unconscious body.

She managed to crawl out of the shallow grave after her lover, Keith Hughes left her for dead along a coastal path.

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A painter and decorator, Hughes, 39, had attempted to hide his fiancée's body under bushes after the harrowing attack.

According to reports, after the police arrested Hughes he told them, "You'll never find her" but he was shocked to discover that she was alive afterall.

"We were both shouting and arguing, things became heated. I lost my temper. I just wanted her to stop saying things about me.

"We were both saying horrible things to each other. She was hitting me, going mad. I wanted her to calm down."

According to his confession, Ms Gwilym lost consciousness and fell to the floor, leading to the blind panic that made him decide to hide her body.

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"I panicked. I thought: 'What have I done?" I was not intending to kill her.

"I put her in the bushes and put some branches over her. I just felt terrible about what I had done. I thought she was dead. I just left."

Gwilym revealed to the police that she had "blacked out" during a row and then woke up to find foliage all over her.

"I don't remember everything that happened. I just went for help. My life will never be the same again."

Hughes admitted taking the key to her car and her Santander bank card after the assault, then walked back into the village of Mumbles and drove her car to his flat, where he drank some vodka before crashing the car.

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"I cannot remember drinking but I must have because I was drunk when the police arrested me.

"I wish I could turn the clock back. I regret what I did that day," he added.

Hughes had been jailed in 2013 for three years and nine months for three separate assaults on Ms Gwilym and one of false imprisonment.

According to him, Gwilym wrote to him while he had been in prison and after his release they resumed their relationship, with her agreeing to marry him in July, 2015.

Hughes said he had never intended to resume his relationship with Ms Gwilym and had asked her to marry him only "to make her happy."

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He told the court Ms Gwilym had accused him of stealing money from her and said she would get him sent back to prison.

Hughes now faces life imprisonment after being found guilty unanimously by a jury of attempted murder.

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