There is a chilling and tragic case out of East Sussex, England where Shana Grice, 19, was found dead with her throat slit. Months ago, Grice was fined by police for wasting their time in accusing her ex-boyfriend, Michael Lane, 27, of stalking her. Lane is now standing trial for her murder.
The crime scene showed that the murderer had tried to burn the flat after the murder.
Prosecutors told the jury that Lane bergan to stalk Grice after she resumed her relationship with another man. She went to police to report that Lane assaulted her, but provided texts that suggested that it was Lane who wanted to be in a relationship with him. Police then formally charged Grice with “having caused wasteful employment of police by making a false report” because she failed to disclose that she had an ongoing or on-off relationship with Lane.
Then Lane allegedly stole Grice’s keys and broke into her house. He was given a caution but reportedly continued to stalk her. There is even a recorded phone conversation where Lane said “I’m just not right in the head.”
Nevertheless, Lane was treated by police as a “low risk.” Lane put a tracking device on Grice’s car and made threatening comments to friends.
It is not clear why this record did not prompt more aggressive police intervention, but what is clear is that Grice was murdered. Lane denies being the murderer and insists that they had resumed their relationship and had sex two night before her death. He said that he discovered her body near her front door.