Serial-killer obsessed woman found guilty of murdering boyfriend – Steven Perian KC leading Richard Hutchings secure conviction
Shaye Groves, 27, has been found guilty by the jury of stabbing her on-off boyfriend to death in Havant, Hampshire, last July. The defendant slit the throat of Frankie Fitzgerald, 25, before stabbing him 17 times in the chest. Steven Perian KC told the jury the defendant had acted out of jealousy after she had found that Mr Fitzgerald has been messaging who she mistakenly thought was a 13-year-old girl on Facebook. The individual turned out to be 17, and had been blocked by Mr Fitzgerald. Groves set up a false narrative of being abused by Fitzgerald but the Crown said that she was familiar with crime scenes and false alibi’s by reading about and watching murder documentaries. Groves had framed pictures of serial killers on her walls and collected books about murderers and gangsters.
The defendant was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 23 years by The Hon Mr Justice Kerr at Winchester Crown Court on 22 February 2023.