Teenager who idolises TV serial killer 'Dexter' jailed after murdering girlfriend

Teenager who idolises TV serial killer 'Dexter' jailed after murdering girlfriend
Published: 2014 October 03 06:43:07 (6455 Views)
Steven Miles, a teenager from Oxted, Surrey, has been jailed after killing and dismembering his girlfriend, Elizabeth Thomas, in a bid to emulate the TV serial killer.

He was said to 'idolise' the title character from hit TV show 'Dexter', a police forensics officer and serial killer who only murders 'bad' people.

Judge Christopher Critchlow, sentencing the teen to 25 years at Guildford Crown Court, said it was 'hard for the court to remain unemotional'.

'You decided at the age of 16 you had to kill somebody, you chose Elizabeth Thomas who befriended you and who had stood up for you when people described you as different.



'It's chilling to read that you described her on occasion as your 'project'.'

Steven, who has been diagnosed with autism, told his family he had an alter ego called 'Ed' who had given him instructions to kill his girlfriend, telling his sister 'Ed made me do something bad.'

But psychiatrists agreed that Steven was neither schizophrenic nor psychotic in any other way and therefore did not have a defence of diminished responsibility.

Steven's parents Emma and David had referred him to mental health services after he began self-harming and hearing 'Ed' in April 2012.

Even after his behaviour grew increasingly disturbing, Elizabeth – described as 'really funny and really kind' by friends – had told classmates she was 'fighting for him.'



Source - Metro

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