Steven Miles ferociously stabbed 17-year-old Elizabeth Thomas in his bedroom, then wrapped her dismembered limbs in clingfilm
A teenager obsessed with TV serial killer Dexter was jailed today for the murder of his 17-year-old girlfriend, who he ferociously stabbed before dismembering her body in a “blood-curdling” killing.
Steven Miles, who was 16 at the time of the murder, killed Elizabeth Thomas in the bedroom of his home in Oxted, Surrey on January 24 this year.
Having stabbed her in the head and back, he went on to dismember her legs and an arm, wrapped the limbs in clingfilm and placed them in bin bags, before covering her body in a green plastic garden sheet.
Miles, now 17, has been jailed for 25 years.
The teenage politics student used saws and tools from his father’s tree surgeon business to cut up Elizabeth’s body.
The boy, who had been diagnosed as having an autistic syndrome, told his family that he had an alter ego called Ed who had instructed him to kill someone.
When the defendant’s sister returned home to the flat about an hour after the murder, Miles told her: “Ed made me do something bad.”
During the sentencing hearing at Guildford Crown Court, the court heard that Miles had a fascination with horror movies and the macabre and had wanted to emulate the actions of Dexter – the lead character of an American TV series about a police forensics officer who is also a serial killer.
Judge Christopher Critchlow told Miles: “This is a case of the utmost gravity, the horrific features of which are rarely heard in any court.
“Nothing this court can say or do, no sentence this court can impose can alleviate the pain suffered by Elizabeth Thomas’ family for death in such a terrible manner. There must be a life sentence.”
At the start of the hearing, the judge warned the court that the case involved details that “are extremely unpleasant and may cause considerable distress to anyone listening”, and advised anyone of a nervous disposition to leave.
He said that the killing was predetermined and he would have given a whole life term if the defendant had been an adult but as a child he was not allowed to pass that sentence.
He said eminent psychiatrists had agreed that Miles was not schizophrenic and therefore did not have a defence of diminished responsibility.
The teenager, wearing a white shirt and black tie, stared straight ahead during the hearing and showed no emotion as the sentence was passed.
Speaking of the impact on Elizabeth’s family, Judge Critchlow said: “It’s hard for this court to remain unemotional.
“Their lives have been changed forever, it’s difficult to find the right words to describe the enormity of what you did to an innocent girl of 17-and-a-half.”
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