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  • 2 December 2013, 15:42

Georgia Williams: Friend Admits Teen's Murder

A man who strangled teenager Georgia Williams and dumped her body in woodland before fleeing to Scotland has admitted murder.

Jamie Reynolds, who previously denied the charge, changed his plea to guilty during a hearing at Stafford Crown Court.

The 23-year-old was at the centre of a UK-wide manhunt in May after killing Georgia in their home town of Wellington, Shropshire.

Her body was found around 50 miles away off the Nant-y-Garth pass near Wrexham.

Reynolds sat with his head bowed in the dock after entering his plea on what was scheduled to the first day of a three-week trial.

The shop worker, of Avondale Road, Wellington, was arrested at a hotel in Glasgow on May 29 this year, three days after Georgia was reported missing.

He is known to have killed Georgia after inviting her to pose for a photo shoot.

The 17-year-old, who had previously done modelling work to help her sister's business, is believed to have died on the day she vanished.

Before Reynolds was arrested, media reports claimed he had made advances to her via Facebook and other social media sites.

Friends said the A-level student, who was just 5ft 3ins and of slim build, had made it clear she was not interested in a relationship with him.

Reynolds was described by police investigating the murder as a friend but not a boyfriend of the teenager.

Although the facts of the case were not outlined at today's hearing, the prosecutor told the judge he would have to view distressing photographic material before passing sentence later this month.

Further material relating to photos posted online by other "innocent girls" and examples of extreme pornography also form part of the evidence against Reynolds, David Crigman QC told the court.

"The material in question is photographic material relevant to the moments before and after the murder took place," he said.

Georgia's parents and her sister Scarlett were in court to see Reynolds admit his guilt.

In a statement, her father Steve Williams, a police detective, said: "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 for ever."

Georgia, who was head girl at Ercall Wood Technology College in Telford, was a member of the Air Training Corps and planned to join the RAF as a paramedic.

Reynolds was remanded in custody until December 19 pending further psychiatric reports.