Manhunt launched after murderer breaches licence
A MURDERER who strangled a retired teacher during a robbery in 1991 has breached the terms of his life licence after being released eight years ago, police said today.
Jason 'Jay' Soal, 37, served 12 years in custody for the murder after being detained ‘at her Majesty’s pleasure’ - the equivalent of a life sentence for a juvenile. He was 17 years old at the time of the killing. Police say he has links with the Risca and Rhymney Valley areas.
Soal, from Trethomas, who is also known as Jason Brindley Davies was convicted of the murder alongside a Cwmcarn 20-year-old at Cardiff Crown Court on September 11 1992.
Soal admitted both charges of robbery and murder.
The pair had gone to the retired teacher's Llanbradach home in September 1991 planning to steal £2,000 and steal his car. However, once the victim had invited them, he realised they were there to rob him.
When he asked them to leave they dragged him upstairs to his bedroom, and smashed a cupboard drawer over his head, tied him up with an extension lead and strangled him with a telephone cable.
The pair then jumped in their victim's car and went to Gloucester for the night, before returning to Gwent the following morning.
They then spent the day using the £45 they had stolen from their victim to drink in Cwmcarn pubs.
Soal was released in 2004 on a life licence. As he was released on licence, and has now breached his licence conditions, he has been recalled to prison, officers said.
Soal is described as 5ft 10ins tall, of medium build, with brown eyes and short dark hair. He has scars to the right side of his neck and on his right hand.
He has a tattoo on his left arm of a dragon in black ink. On his left arm he has a tattoo of a dragon and feathers in black ink.
Officers are advising anyone who sees Soal not to approach him, but to contact police immediately.
Call Gwent Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 with information.