Died 26th May 2013
Georgia Williams (17) went missing from her home in Wellington, Shropshire, on 26th May 2013. Her body was found in woodland near Wrexham four days later on 30th May 2013. She had been strangled. She is believed to have died on the day she disappeared.
On 2nd December Jamie Reynolds (23) pleaded guilty to murder at Stafford Crown Court, having previously denied responsibility. Police confirmed that Georgia was killed at his home in Wellington.
Georgia Williams was described as “caring, kind and generous”. She was Head Girl at Ercall Wood Technology College, a member of the student council at New College, a corporal with the 1130 Wrekin Squadron Air Training Corps and a volunteer member of AFC Telford United’s Match Day Safety team.
She wanted to join the Royal Air Force and when she discovered that as a woman she could not joining her desired regiment she started to look into signing up as a paramedic She was known affectionately to her friends as ‘ferret’.
In a statement issued on behalf of the family, her father Steve Williams, a detective constable with West Mercia Police, 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.”
Ms Williams was killed after Reynolds invited her to pose for a photo-shoot. She had previously done modelling work to help her sister’s business. Reynolds had previously made advances to Ms Williams, but had been rejected. Friends said she had made it clear she was not interested.
Extreme pornographic material has been linked to the murder. Prosecutor David Crigman told the judge, Mr Justice Wilkie, he would have to view “distressing photographic material” relevant to the case before passing sentence. “The material in question is photographic material relevant to the moments before and after the murder took place,” the barrister said. He said further material relating to photos posted on the internet by what he called other “innocent girls” and examples of extreme pornography also formed part of the evidence.
Mr Justice Wilkie remanded Reynolds in custody until 19th December pending further psychiatric reports. He said he would have to consider whether a whole-life term was an appropriate sentence.
There were reports that Reynolds had previously harassed another young woman and had superimposed the faces of other young women on pornographic images.
Detective Superintendent Adrian McGee, from West Mercia Police, said the guilty plea was “important” to spare Miss Williams’s family from “the further trauma of a full trial”.
Mr McGee added: “We know the plea does nothing to ease their pain but hopefully it will help them begin to move forward with their lives once sentence is passed.”
Initially, the case was a missing persons inquiry and police hoped to find Georgia alive.
She was last seen at the family home on 26th May and reported missing two days later, as her family thought she had been staying with friends.
Police found Georgia’s body in woodland at the Nant-y-Garth Pass, near Ruthin
The following day Reynolds was arrested in a Glasgow hotel. He was first questioned on suspicion of kidnap, but was later charged with Georgia’s murder, on the same day police discovered her body. She was indentified by her dental records.
Note: This report was drawn from reports in the BBC and the Daily Telegraph.