Surrounded by artwork of her favourite serial killers: Inside the home of true crime fan who stabbed boyfriend to death
A woman obsessed with serial killers who brutally killed her boyfriend lived in a home with paintings of murderers on the walls surrounded by weapons.
Shaye Groves was sentenced today after she slit Frankie Fitzgerald’s throat before stabbing him in the chest 17 times at her home in Havant, Hampshire, in July 2022.
Hampshire Police has released pictures of Groves’ home - revealing an obsession with serial killers Myra Hindley and Peter Sutcliffe and a collection of knives, Viking axes and the Celtic dagger she used to kill Mr Fitzgerald, which she kept under her pillow or close to her bed.
Steven Perian KC, prosecuting, told the jury Groves acted out of jealousy after she thought that her victim had been messaging a 13-year-old girl on Facebook. The individual turned out to be 17.
The 27-year-old killer was jailed for a minimum of 23 years at Winchester Crown Court, with judge Justice Kerr saying Groves was a “manipulative, possessive and jealous woman” in his sentencing.
He said she and Mr Fitzgerald’s relationship had a “dangerous dynamic” and was “marked by rough sex, cocaine and alcohol”.
“You lost your temper and acted upon impulse. You loved the man you killed and killed the man you loved,” he added.
The jury were told the pair shared a mutual interest in BDSM and a camera was set up in the defendant’s bedroom at her home in Havant, Hampshire, to record them having sex.
Below are images inside the home, shared with The Independent.
In a victim impact statement read in court, Mr Fitzgerald’s mother Rosanne described him as “the shining light - a kind a beautiful person”.His father Barry’s statement spoke of the family being “broken” by his killing.
“He had his life in front of him - this was snatched away. I’m not sure we’ll ever get over this.
The family of Frankie Fitzgerald have been praised for their “courage” after their son’s killer was jailed for life at Winchester Crown Court.
Speaking outside the court on Wednesday, Hampshire Constabulary DCI Rod Kenny said: “Shaye Groves was responsible for the shocking and sustained attack that tragically resulted in Frankie’s death.
“We are pleased with the jury’s verdict and the sentence will ensure that Groves spends a significant period in time in prison for what she has done.
“Nothing can fill the void that has been left in the lives of those who knew Frankie and our thoughts remain with his family, friends and loved ones.
“We would like to praise their courage and hope that this sentence will in some way deliver the justice they deserve.”