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  • Court hears Michael Lane became obsessed with Shana Grice and stalked her
  • When her new boyfriend left, he got into her home and cut her throat, court told
  • He faces murder trial after teenager's body was found in Brighton last summer 

A jilted boyfriend who became obsessed with his ex-girlfriend slashed her throat after she finished their relationship, a court has heard.

Michael Lane, 27, had been warned by police to stop stalking Shana Grice, 19, after the couple split.

But he became obsessed and bitter about the split and vowed: 'She'll pay for what she's done.'

Angry she had rekindled a relationship with her former boyfriend, Ashley Cooke, he continued to stalk her.

 Michael Lane is on trial over the murder of Shana Grice (pictured), who is said to have stalked 

Michael Lane (left) is on trial over the murder of Shana Grice (right), who is said to have stalked

He repeatedly made silent phone calls to her, attacked her in the street and even fitted a tracker on her car.

Then, early one morning last August, he waited until the teenager was alone in her home and set upon her.

He slashed her throat and then left her lying face down on the bed. He then set fire to the room in a bid to destroy any evidence.

Lane, of Brighton, went on trial at Lewes Crown Court today, charged with murdering Miss Grice.

Philip Bennetts QC, prosecuting, said that during their relationship Lane had become totally obsessed by Miss Grice.

When she ended it Lane 'could not, would not' accept it and began to stalk her.

 Police were called to Miss Grice's home in Brighton last August after her shocking killing

Police were called to Miss Grice's home in Brighton last August after her shocking killing

Mr Bennetts said: 'During their relationship he stalked her. He put a tracker on her car and followed her movements.

'The obsession with her translated into killing her. He would not allow anyone else to be with her.'

Officers from Sussex Police spoke to Lane about his behaviour and warned him to stay away from her.

Mr Bennetts said: 'On August 25, after Ashley Cooke had left the address, Mr Lane went into the address and slit her throat and, no doubt intending to destroy any evidence of his presence in the house, he set fire to the room.'

The trial continues.


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