Wasting police time
It turns out she wasn’t wasting police time after all.
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.
She’d gone back to a previous boyfriend, 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.
Lane stole her keys and broke into her house to watch her sleep, but the police said no big deal.
Then she turned up dead with her throat slashed.