Girl 15, Killed By Facebook Friend Who Lured Her With Fake Profile
Feb 27, 2013 – Girl 15, Killed By Facebook Friend Who Lured Her With Fake Profile
A karate instructor who murdered a churchgoing teenager as she babysat two young children was jailed for 25 years .
Tony Bushby, 19, tricked promising student Catherine Wynter into going out with him by using fake Facebook friends and then stabbed her to death as she looked after her niece and nephew.
The horror unfolded on Boxing Day last year as she babysat for her sister Sabrina who was spending the night away from home with her boyfriend.
Her elder sister had warned Miss Wynter, 19, to ‘lock the door and not let anybody in’.
Bushby stabbed her 23 times and left her body locked in the house with the youngsters overnight.
When her mother went to check on her the following morning, she was told by the children, aged three and four, ‘Grandma, Katie’s dead.’
She followed a trail of blood and found her daughter lying dead on the kitchen floor at the house in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, in a pool of blood.
Following the murder, Bushby went to his family home nearby and destroyed his mobile, to cover up what had happened and destroy evidence.
Police visited him after examinations of Miss Wynter’s laptop and phone led them to conclude he was her boyfriend.
When detectives studied his computer, they found he had set up a fictitious circle of friends on Facebook – all of whom he had used to communicate with Katie, convincing her they were real.
The profile pages for Dan Tress, Cyn Darwin, Shane Pleuon and Krystal Stanguard featured photographs Bushby had found online.
He was behind all the characters and they reflected his ‘obsessions and interests (with) all things dark and evil’. He even went on to blame one of his creations, Dan Tress, for Katie’s murder.
Bushby denied murder but was convicted by a jury at St Alban’s Crown Court on Tuesday.
Miss Wynter’s mother Joy Davis told how her world had ‘crashed around’ her following the murder of her daughter.
In a victim impact statement read to the court, Mrs Davis said it was ‘impossible’ to describe the devastation the loss of Katie had caused.
She described her daughter as ‘truly unique, one-in-a-million and irreplaceable’.
‘She had an innocence about her and it was because of that innocence that she died,’ she said.
‘Christmas should be a peaceful happy time but for my family its meaning has been changed forever, and we will never be able to celebrate in the same way.
‘I have been robbed of a future with my daughter.’ Mrs Davies added: ‘All the evidence shows that Bushby had planned to kill Katie – why, what had she done to him?
‘What in his eyes was a game to him, grooming her, controlling her… He is evil and we will never forgive him.’
Sentencing Bushby to life with a minimum term of 25 years, Judge Andrew Bright QC described the murder as ‘planned and premeditated’.
He said: ‘Although there was no sexual assault I am satisfied that your motive was a sexual one and that you derived sexual excitement from inflicting those injuries upon her.
‘I am satisfied you intended to kill her and made sure you had done so before leaving her in a pool of blood in the kitchen where her young charges were to find her.
‘In the months leading up to the murder you created fictional friends in order to gain Catherine Wynter’s trust and to say things on Facebook designed to mislead her.’
Judge Bright added that Bushby posed a ‘very real danger to women.’
[Source: Daily Mail UK]