Shana Grice alerted police on five occasions about her stalker ex-boyfriend who later killed her
Shana Grice, 19, had pleaded with them for help on at least five occasions.
But obsessive Michael Lane, 27, was able to continue his campaign of harassment.
Sussex Police instead issued Shana with a fixed penalty notice for “wasting their time”.
Her fears were genuine… and she paid eventually with her life when Lane attacked her, slitting her throat last August.
Yesterday, a jury took just more than two hours to find Lane guilty of Shana’s murder.
As the verdict was read out, Lane looked down at his shoes, showing no other emotion.
Members of Shana’s family shrieked and shouted at Lane while others collapsed in the public gallery.
Sussex police issued Shana with a fixed penalty for wasting their time
Shana’s mother Sharon said in an emotional impact statement read to Lewes Crown Court in East Sussex: “We brought Shana up to respect authority.
“We firmly believe her murder could have been prevented if her fears had been listened to and been taken seriously by the police.”
Shana, of Brighton, had complained to police on at least five occasions about Lane, who began stalking her when she finally ended their on‑off relationship.
He was given only a caution but Shana was given a fixed penalty for wasting police time after they found out she had failed to tell them she was his former girlfriend.
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The Independent Police Complaints Commission yesterday confirmed it has begun an investigation into the handling of the case. The court was told how after a brief relationship, Shana became increasingly alarmed by Lane’s behaviour.
The court believed Michael had an obsession with Shana who also placed a tracker device on her car
The garage mechanic from Brighton had placed a tracking device on her car to follow her movements and repeatedly harassed her by text message.
At one point he let himself into her home after stealing a key and began breathing heavily in her bedroom as she lay terrified under her duvet.
Philip Bennetts, QC, prosecuting, said: “Unfortunately, Michael Lane had become obsessed with Shana.
“That obsession with her translated into killing her. “He would not allow anyone else to be with her.”
Michael Lane slit Shana's throat in August 2016 and was found guilty of her murder
On the morning of August 25 last year, Lane got into her home and slit her throat before setting fire to the room she was in.
After she failed to appear at work, a friend called round, spotted a bloody footprint on the door and entered.
“Through the hazy smoke the friend was able to see a body lying face down on the bed,” Mr Bennetts said. “It was Shana. She was dead.”
Lane, who denied murder, will be sentenced today.
Sussex Police admitted they had not performed well enough and offered Shana’s family “sympathies”.