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Horrific Facts About The Torture And Murder Of Kelly-Anne Bates

Updated 2 Oct 2018 1.1m views12 items

In 1996, James Patterson Smith reportedly abused his 17-year-old girlfriend, Kelly-Anne Bates, for more than a month before he ended her life. Smith and Kelly-Anne met while Kelly-Anne babysat the children of a friend. She was unaware Smith abused multiple young women prior. Despite their 32-year age difference, Kelly-Anne moved in with Smith. In England, the legal system considered Kelly-Anne an adult, so her parents could not force her to leave Smith. He killed her months later.

Like the infamous Hello Kitty murder, Kelly-Anne endured torture for an extended period of time. For at least four weeks, Smith maimed his live-in girlfriend using an array of tools and methods that left Kelly-Anne with about 150 different injuries at the time of her death. The coroner ruled the cause of death as drowning, and the courts sentenced Smith to life in prison. Reportedly, the jurors who tried Smith's case all accepted the court's offer of psychological counseling following the trial due to the traumatizing severity of his crimes. 
 

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