Friday, February 10, 2012
After Stalking His Ex on Facebook, he Kills Her
(U.K.) Clifford Mills, 49, attacked Lorna Smith after inviting her to his flat in Brixton, south London, in February last year. He denied murder, claiming he was suffering a mental abnormality at the time, but an Old Bailey jury took just 90 minutes to find him guilty.
Mills showed no emotion as the verdict was passed, but one of Miss Smith's relatives broke down in tears. Another shouted "Lorna lives in us, you murdering b******" as they left court.
Mills stabbed Miss Smith, 45, to death and went drinking for 14 hours before handing himself in at St Thomas' Hospital in central London. He told staff that someone called "Stan" had committed the killing and that "Stan" existed in his head.
Police found Miss Smith's body in Mills' flat, where he had left the Oasis song Stop the Clocks playing on a loop.
Miss Smith had been in a relationship with Mills from 2002 until 2006, and they remained in touch after breaking up. She began seeing another man, Tony Hersey, but Mills remained in "relentless" contact with her, prosecutor Zoe Johnson QC said.
As well as telephoning and sending text messages, he pretended to be someone called Charlie Manning on Facebook to stay in touch with her.
Mills had a "psychological grip" over Miss Smith and asked her to help him with court paperwork at his Brixton flat on the day she was killed.
Within 20 minutes of her arrival he had murdered her, because he was "jealous and angry", jurors were told.
Mills will be sentenced on Monday.