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Georgia Williams Killer Given Whole-Life Term
A man has been given a whole-life jail term for the "scripted, sadistic and sexually-motivated murder" of Georgia Williams.
Jamie Reynolds, 23, had previously admitted murdering the 17-year-old at his parents' home in Wellington, Shropshire, on May 26 this year.
After hanging Georgia, he took photographs of her naked corpse in different parts of the house before putting her body in the back of his stepfather's silver Toyota Hiace van and driving to north Wales where he dumped her body in woodland.
Prosecutors said Reynolds had the "potential to progressing to become a serial killer" had he not been caught for Georgia's death.
In the run up to the murder, he sent messages to 16 young women inviting them to his house to a staged photoshoot featuring simulated hanging.
Stafford Crown Court also heard Reynolds lured other young women to his home before the murder and tried to strangle one of them.
The shop worker had a "morbid fascination" with extreme pornography and had amassed a library of thousands of images showing strangulation and rape, said the prosecution.
He had written more than 40 short stories, which featured the murder and sexual assault of women he knew.
Prosecuting David Crigman told the court that Reynolds was a "sexual deviant in the extreme".
He said: "He had manifested a morbid fascination in pornography depicting violence against young women in a sexual context since 2008.
"The particular type of pornography he downloaded was predominantly strangulation, hanging, and death.
"His interest has been directed to engineering situations where he was not simply a voyeur staring a screen but became the assailant in real life."
Texts and messages between Reynolds and Georgia, who were friends, were read out in which he shared his romantic feelings for the teenager, an advance she rebuffed, telling him in February: "I don't see you in that way. Just stop, I don't want to ruin our friendship. I told you last time, I just wanted to be friends."
Mr Crigman said Reynolds's fascination with Georgia appeared undeterred and he had written a gruesome story on his mobile phone entitled "Georgia Williams in Surprise" in which she died, following a sex game depicting the victim as a willing participant.
That element, Mr Crigman said, could not have been further from the truth.
In May, Georgia accepted Reynolds' invitation to take part in a photo shoot at his parents' house while they were on holiday in Italy.
Reynolds had bought items including a rope, learning to tie a noose and attaching it to what Mr Crigman described as a "hanging mechanism" fitted to the loft hatch in the house, above the landing.
He also bought a leather jacket, leather shorts and high-heels for Georgia to wear during the "shoot" and in a chilling message beforehand told her he wanted to take a photograph of her "like simulation hanging, but you'd be standing on a box".
"I'd edit that (the box) out on a computer to make it look like you're floating, are you ok with that?" he said.
Georgia did not reply, but turned up at the house on the evening of May 26, telling her parents and sister where she was going and that she would only be a couple of hours.
Mr Crigman said: "He hanged her in his home. It was wholly deliberate. The motivation was part sexual ?"
At a sentencing hearing, Georgia's father Steve Williams, a detective constable with West Mercia police, said: "I am absolutely heartbroken, each day I cry endlessly from morning to night.
"Georgia's life was needlessly and selflessly taken away from her all for several moments of evil self-gratification."
Reynolds was arrested in Glasgow following a manhunt on May 29 after Georgia's body was found in secluded woodland near Wrexham.
In mitigation Michael Duck QC said: "This was a horrific crime. Nothing I am going to say will try to dilute that in any way shape or form. This was unnecessary and tragic."