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Teenager 'murdered by ex-boyfriend' after police fined her for wasting their time over her fears...

7:36 pm - 03/20/2017

Teenager 'murdered by ex-boyfriend' after police fined her for wasting their time over her fears about him, court hears

Court hears Shana Grice had her throat cut six months after complaining Michael Lane was stalking her

A teenager who was found dead with her throat slit months after reporting her ex-boyfriend to police was issued with a fine for wasting police time, a murder trial has heard.

The body of Shana Grice, 19, was discovered in her bedroom in Portslade, East Sussex, following an attack last August. An attempt had been made to start a fire in two separate areas of her flat.

Her former boyfriend, Michael Lane, 27, is standing trial for her murder, which he denies.

Jurors were told that Lane became “obsessed” with the teenager after she got back together with her previous partner, Ashley Cooke.

She told police Lane was stalking her in February 2016, after he allegedly hid outside her house, left unwanted flowers and a note that read “Shona will always cheat on you” on Mr Cooke’s car.

One month later, Ms Grice reported that Lane had assaulted her, but he denied the allegation and provided texts that suggested she wanted to be in a relationship with him.

The court heard that Ms Grice was then charged with “having caused wasteful employment of police by making a false report” because she failed to disclose that Lane was her on-off boyfriend, and was issued with a fixed-penalty notice.

In July last year, the court heard Lane stole Ms Grice’s keys and broke into her home to watch her sleep.

He was cautioned for this offence and told to stay away from her, but Ms Grice’s complaints that he was following her and making “heavy breathing” calls were apparently labelled as “low risk” by police.

The jury was played a recording of a phone conversation between Ms Grice and Lane where she confronted him about his “weird” behaviour, and he was heard saying: “I’m just not right in the head."

She suggested he might need to get psychological help, to which he replied: “Obviously something’s not right, but I don’t know what it is. I need to find out, or be locked up or something.”

The court also heard Lane put a tracking device on her car and told a friend that she had to "pay for what she’s done” after hearing she had reconciled with Mr Cooke. He then sent her a letter demanding money for dinners and perfume he had bought her.

Giving evidence in his defence, tyre fitter Lane said his actions were motivated by a desire to know why she had abruptly ended their relationship.

He told the court he had sex with Ms Grice two nights before her death and claimed he was shocked when he discovered her body after her front door was left open.

He said: “I saw her slumped against the bed. She wasn’t moving. I saw blood on the bed and blood on the floor.

“She was in her dressing gown. I thought she was dead. I didn’t know what to do.”

Lane told the court he panicked and fled the scene without calling 999, checking Ms Grice’s vital signs, or telling his family about the discovery.

He admitted he hid his trainers, which had blood on them, after he heard police sirens, and that he had lied to police in interviews.

Judge Mr Justice Green told the jury it was accepted by the defence that Ms Grice was murdered, but Lane denies it was by his hand.

The police handling of Ms Grice’s complaint has been referred to watchdog, the independent police complaints commission (IPCC), and the inquiry is ongoing.

Lane denies murder and the trial continues.


chaya 20th-Mar-2017 07:12 pm (UTC)
In July last year, the court heard Lane stole Ms Grice’s keys and broke into her home to watch her sleep.

He was cautioned for this offence and told to stay away from her


hey cops

moonshaz 20th-Mar-2017 11:48 pm (UTC)
Don't we have a fuck the police tag ... or something like that? This needs it.

EDITED after having a chance to check the tags: OP, imo, this needs fuck the police and domestic violence tags.

Edited at 2017-03-21 01:54 am (UTC)
littlemissnovel 20th-Mar-2017 11:51 pm (UTC)
I tend to think that the police always responds to people who have been stalked by ex-boyfriends/girlfriends whatever as something not a serious crime when it clearly is a red flag (like this case) and the only time the police take this as a serious crime is if something bad happens (like someone getting hurt). But I think that the police should respond to stalkers as a serious case and not just do nothing (cause the end result can be exactly what happened to Shana Grice).

Also, OP can you let everyone know about the outcome of the IPCC watchdog on the police who didn't handle Shana Grice's complaint as well as the trial case against her ex-boyfriend!
hobbits_friend 21st-Mar-2017 06:33 am (UTC)
It was nowhere on the news in my country (I saw the the link to the article on ONTD), but I'll certainly try to keep up with this case!
moonbladem 21st-Mar-2017 12:26 am (UTC)
Wow... fining her for wasting their time? Really, assholes? And now she's dead... who's going to fine you buttheads?

It's not surprising really. Stalking? Domestic violence? Very low on their priority list. I mean, you have tens of thousands of rape kits sitting in evidence rooms across the United States, UNTESTED! Just sitting there, nothing done, likely for years.

We're women after all. I mean, who cares if bad shit happens to us, right? I mean, a Florida woman who fired a warning shot at her abusive husband got a 20-year jail sentence. I wonder how many years her abusive husband was sentenced to. Hmmm...

Edited at 2017-03-21 12:28 am (UTC)
wuvvumsoc 21st-Mar-2017 11:55 am (UTC)
This particular incident was in the UK, but it shows that cops in other countries can be wicked shitty too. Honestly when I was first reading this article part of me thought this could have taken place in Canada as well.
lightframes 22nd-Mar-2017 02:32 am (UTC)
I'm glad Marissa Alexander's sentence was reduced to the time she served in jail, but it shouldn't have happened at all...

I'm glad they got rid of Angela Corey.
ladycyndra 21st-Mar-2017 03:19 am (UTC)
This is so disgusting. She wasted y'alls time? Well she won't be bothering you anymore, since, you know, you didn't stop her boyfriend from MURDERING HER!!!! Fuck you.
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