Woman obsessed with killers ‘stabbed boyfriend to death before showing pal body’

A woman obsessed with serial killers and BDSM is alleged to have stabbed her boyfriend to death and then shown her pal over a video call.

Shayne Groves, 27, allegedly slit the throat of Frankie Fitzgerald, 25, as he slept, with the 27-year-old subsequently attempting to portray herself as his victim, a court has heard.

Groves and Fitzgerald, who are said to have shared an interest in BDSM and had a camera set up to record themselves having sex, had been in an on-off relationship for six months.

Fitzgerald was found dead in Groves' bed at her home in Havant, Hampshire, last July, according to Hampshire Police.

The 27-year-old had framed images of serial killers, collected gangster-themed books and watched true crime documentaries, Winchester Crown Court heard.

Steven Perian, prosecuting, said: "It is evry likely she was obsessed with Frankie Fitzgerald because of his performance in the bedroom.

"The prosecution case is that the defendant is a manipulative, possessive and jealous woman and in the early hours of July 17 last year she stabbed Frankie Fitzgerald multiple times with a knife in her bedroom and left him to die without seeking any medical assistance to save his life.

"The killing of Frankie Fitzgerald is very likely to be a crime of passion driven by her jealousy."

Perian added that Groves, attempting to portray herself as a victim of sexual violence, video-called friend Vicky Baitup, to confess to the killing after she is said to have found messages on Fitzgerald's phone between him and a 13-year-old girl.

Prosecutor Perian continued: "Where would the defendant have got the insight from to plan the details of the attack and to make it look like she was the victim of an assault?

"The answer was provided by Vicky Baitup in her interview. The defendant has many gangster books like Charles Bronson in her bookcase.

"The Crown say that the defendant – by reading about and watching murder documentaries – she was familiar with crime scenes, how to create a false narrative and how to set up a false alibi."

A post-mortem showed Fitzgerald had "suffered catastrophic blood loss" from a knife wound in the neck and 17 stab wounds to the chest, inflicted as he was dying.

Groves, who also goes by the surname Corrigan, has denied the murder.

The trial continues.

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