The grieving parents of murdered schoolgirl Ellie Gould could finally learn why she died at the hands of her ex-boyfriend, it has been claimed.
Thomas Griffiths, 18, who stabbed 17-year-old Ellie 13 times in the neck after she broke off their relationship to focus on her A-Levels, has been invited to take part in a new review into the teen's death.
He pleaded guilty to the murder of fellow Hardenhuish School pupil and was jailed for 12-and-a-half-years in November, but has declined to reveal why he took her life.
Ellie’s mum and dad, Carole and Matthew, said they desperately “want answers from Griffiths” in light of the new council-backed investigation into possible indicators of 'domestic abuse'.
“He should wake up to what he has done," said Carole, who lives with her husband in Calne, Wiltshire, speaking to The Sun.
"Just saying he can’t remember or explain why isn’t acceptable.”
Domestic violence charity Standing Together's findings will be presented to council bosses as well as the Home Office.
A petition for compulsory self-defence lessons in schools has launched by Ellie's school pals has got 10,000 signatures, with one friend saying she's "baffled" it hasn't already been introduced.
Friend Ellie Welling said: “If Ellie had known some, maybe she would have managed to get away. It baffles me that it’s not in the national curriculum. It’s potentially life-saving.”
The tragic teenager's friends laid flowers in her honour this week, to mark what would have been her 18th birthday.
Griffiths, meanwhile, will be able to apply for a reduction to his prison term, which could see it halved because he was under 18 when the offence was committed.
Due to his then-age, the inmate can appeal on the grounds that his "welfare may be seriously prejudiced by his continued imprisonment".
However, given his lack of remorse, Carole has previously stated Griffiths should serve at least 17 years to match Ellie's age when she died.
She said: "We as Ellie’s parents we want answers from Griffiths. How could he carry out such an evil brutal murder on our beautiful, kind, caring gentle Ellie who he was supposed to have been fond of and why did he do it?
"How could he just walk out of the house, leaving her on the kitchen floor and not call for help and why on earth didn’t he stop when he was strangling her and she was fighting back?
"He is pure evil and should never get out of prison at the age of 30 to have a second chance.
"Griffith's actions were callous, merciless and unpredictable.
"We invited him into our home, he even shared Ellie's birthday with us.
There was never an indicator at that time that he was capable of such a heinous act against our Ellie," she added.