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Police investigated over handling of 'deviant' killer

Police have asked to be investigated by another force over their handling of a sexually deviant young man who went on to murder a popular teenager.

West Mercia Police outside an address which was once lived in by Jamie Reynolds. Credit: PA

Jamie Reynolds, 23, is serving a whole life sentence after he admitted to the murder of 17-year-old Georgia Williams at his home in Wellington, Shropshire, in May last year.

West Mercia Police asked Devon and Cornwall Police to look at its handling of previous run-ins it had had with Reynolds and find out whether its own investigations "fell short of what is expected".

In court it emerged Reynolds had been cautioned by police in 2008 for trying to strangle another girl when he was 17.

Georgia's father - a serving detective with the West Mercia force - told the judge during the trial: "We've been damned by evil to endure this sorrow and misery to the end of our natural lives."

Georgia's murderer got 'sadistic pleasure' from killing

The man who killed teenager Georgia Williams plotted the murder to give himself "sadistic pleasure", the judge said.

The 23-year-old pleaded guilty to murder earlier this month. Credit: West Mercia Police

Mr Justice Wilkie said in sentencing: "You watched her die in circumstances where you could have saved her - and doing so was a central part of your pleasure...[You] then treated her body with contempt, dumping her in a remote area."

Continuing to address Jamie Reynolds, who stood head bowed and with his hands clasped behind his back, he said: "This is not a marginal or borderline case. I am in no doubt the seriousness of your offending, so a whole-of-life term is the starting point."

"I take very seriously the conclusion of (psychiatrist) Prof Paul Peckitt that you have the potential to become a serial killer," he added.


Georgia's murderer 'had potential to be a serial killer'

A 23-year-old man, who was given a whole-life jail term for luring a teenage girl to his home before strangling and sexually abusing her, "had the become a serial killer."

The 23-year-old pleaded guilty to murder earlier this month. Credit: West Mercia Police

Mr Justice Wilkie, sentencing, agreed with a psychiatric report that Jamie Reynolds had the capability of becoming a serial killer after he meticulously planned the murder of Georgia Williams.

Reynolds, of Wellington, Shropshire, carried out the crime on Sunday May 26 while his parents were away on holiday.

Prosecutor David Crigman QC said Reynolds carried out a "scripted, sadistic and sexually-motivated murder."

Teenager's killer given whole-life jail term

A 23-year-old man who lured teenager Georgia Williams to his parents' house and strangled her to death has been sentenced to a whole-life jail term at Stafford Crown Court.

Georgia Williams was strangled by Jamie Reynolds. Credit: West Mercia Police

Jamie Reynolds, who was described as a "sexual deviant" by prosecutor David Crigman QC, pleaded guilty to the 17-year-old's murder earlier this month.

Georgia killer's 'morbid fascination with extreme porn'

Jamie Reynolds pleaded guilty to murder earlier this month.

A 23-year-old man killed teenager Georgia Williams after luring her to his parents' house and hanging her, a court has heard.

Jamie Reynolds was a "a sexual deviant", "a manipulative and conning individual who operated in denial" and had "a morbid fascination" in extreme pornography depicting violence against women, prosecutor David Crigman QC said.

Reynolds pleaded guilty earlier this month to murdering 17-year-old Georgia in May, on what was scheduled to be the first day of his trial at Stafford Crown Court.

Mr Crigman said that at the time of his arrest for murder, Reynolds had 16,800 images and 72 videos of extreme pornography on his computer, including digitally-doctored images of up to eight other women he personally knew in which ropes had been added around their necks.

Teenager Georgia Williams' killer due to appear in court

A 23-year-old man who strangled teenager Georgia Williams and dumped her body in woodland is due to appear in court today when his sentencing hearing begins.

At a previous hearing, prosecutor David Crigman QC warned the sentencing judge that he would have to view distressing photographic material before considering the appropriate minimum term.

Georgia Williams' body was found woodland near Wrexham in May. Credit: West Mercia Police/PA Wire

Reynolds, who is understood to have taken photographs before and after the murder, is likely to be sentenced tomorrow.


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Man due to be sentenced for Georgia Williams murder

The 23-year-old pleaded guilty to murder at Stafford Crown Court earlier this month Credit: West Mercia Police

Twenty-three-year-old Jamie Reynolds from Telford, is due to be sentenced today for the murder of teenager Georgia Williams.

The 17-year-old from Wellington was found in woodland near Wrexham in May.

Reynolds pleaded guilty to murder at Stafford Crown Court earlier this month.

Georgia Williams went missing from her home town of Wellington in May Credit: West Mercia Police
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Guilty plea gives 'no satisfaction' to Shropshire teen's family

Georgia Williams Credit: PA

Giving their initial reaction to Jamie Reynolds' guilty plea, the family of Georgia Williams family have released the following brief statement:

“The pain we feel is as raw now as it was when our beautiful Georgia was taken from us back in May.

“We will never ever be able to make any sense of what happened, or why it happened to a young woman as caring, kind and generous as our Georgia.

“Today’s guilty plea gives us no satisfaction at all; we do not and will never understand the heartbreaking events of earlier this year that changed our lives forever.”

Family 'saved from further trauma' with guilty plea

A senior officer investigating the murder of schoolgirl Georgia Williams paid tribute to the incredible dignity of her family, and said the he was glad they were spared the further trauma of a full trial.

Jamie Reynolds pleaded guilty to the murder of Georgia Williams. Credit: West Mercia Police.

Speaking outside Stafford Crown Court after Mr Reynolds changed his plea to guilty, Superintendent McGee, a senior investigating officer on the case said:

“It is important that Mr Reynolds pleaded guilty today as this at least saves Georgia’s family the further trauma of a full trial. We know the plea does nothing to ease their pain but hopefully it will help them begin to move forward with their lives once sentence is passed.

“The Williams family have been incredibly dignified and understanding throughout our investigation and I cannot praise them highly enough.

“This was a hugely challenging and unusual case for the police officers and staff involved and I’d like to thank everyone who has played a part in helping the investigation reach this point."

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