SUSSEX: Six months after complaining Michael Lane was stalking her, Shana Grice’s throat was allegedly cut by the ex-boyfriend. Shana Grice was issued with a fine for wasting police time after reporting her ex-boyfriend to police. Months later she was found dead with her throat slit. Last August, The body of Shana Grice, 19, was discovered in her bedroom in Portslade, East Sussex. Evidence of attempts of starting a fire show in two separate areas of her flat. Michael Lane, 27, her former boyfriend is standing trial for her murder, despite his denial. The teenager got back together with her previous partner, Ashley Cooke, which made Lane became “obsessed” with her.
In February 2016, Grice told police Lane was stalking her. He allegedly hid outside her house, left unwanted flowers and a note that read “Shona will always cheat on you” on Mr Cooke’s car. Grice reported that Lane assaulted her one month later. He denied the allegation and provided texts that suggested she wanted to be in a relationship with him. Grice was then charged with “having caused wasteful employment of police by making a false report” because she failed to disclose that Lane was her on-off boyfriend, and was issued with a fixed-penalty notice. Lane stole Ms Grice’s keys in July last year and broke into her home to watch her sleep.
Despite being cautioned for this offence and told to stay away from her, Grice complained that he was following her and making “heavy breathing” calls. Her complaints were labelled as “low risk” by police. A phone conversation between Ms Grice and Lane where was played for the jury. In it, she confronted him about his “weird” behavior, and he was heard saying: “I’m just not right in the head.” Lane put a tracking device on her car, the court was told, and told a friend that she had to “pay for what she’s done” after hearing she had reconciled with Cooke. He then sent her a letter demanding money for dinners and perfume he had bought her. Lane defended his actions saying they were motivated by a desire to know why she had abruptly ended their relationship. He informed the court that he had sex with Grice two nights before her death and claimed he was shocked when he discovered her body after her front door was left open. Lane panicked and fled the scene without calling 999, checking Grice’s vital signs, or telling his family about the discovery. He admitted to hiding his trainers after he heard police sirens as they had blood on them. He also admitted lying to police in interviews. The jury was told by Judge Mr Justice Green that Grice was murdered. However, Lane denies it was his doing. The independent police complaints commission (IPCC) is conducting an inquiry on the police handling of Grice’s complaint.