A KILLER who strangled a teenage girl and dumped her body in woodland near Wrexham has admitted murder.
Jamie Reynolds, who previously denied the charge, pleaded guilty to the murder of 17-year-old Georgia Williams during a hearing at Stafford Crown Court yesterday.
Reynolds, 23, was at the centre of a UK-wide manhunt after killing Georgia in their home town of Wellington, Shropshire and dumping her body in woodland.
Reynolds, wearing a dark suit, a striped shirt and a purple tie, sat with his head bowed in the dock after entering his plea on what was scheduled to the first day of a three-week trial.
The shop worker from Avondale Road, Wellington, was arrested at a hotel in Glasgow on May 29, three days after his victim was reported missing.
Georgia, a member of the Air Training Corps who planned to join the RAF as a paramedic, knew Reynolds and is believed to have been killed at an address in Wellington.
The teenager’s body was found about 50 miles miles away, off the Nant-y-Garth pass, five days after she disappeared from her home.
Reynolds, who will be sentenced later this month, is known to have killed Georgia after inviting her to pose for a photo-shoot.
His victim, who had previously done modelling work to help her sister’s business, is believed to have died on the day she was reported missing.
Before Reynolds was arrested, media reports claimed he had made advances via Facebook and other social media sites towards Georgia, a former head girl at Telford’s Ercall Wood Technology College.
Friends said the A-level student had made it clear she was not interested in a relationship with Reynolds.
Although the facts of the case were not opened at yesterday’s hearing, prosecutor David Crigman QC told Mr Justice Wilkie he would have to view distressing photographic material relevant to the case before passing sentence.
Further material relating to photos posted online by other “innocent girls” and examples of extreme pornography also form part of the evidence against Reynolds, Mr Crigman said.
“The material in question is photographic material relevant to the moments before and after the murder took place.”
Mr Justice Wilkie remanded Reynolds in custody until December 19, pending further psychiatric reports.
The judge said the case was one in which he would have to consider if a whole life term was the appropriate sentence.
At the time of Reynolds’ arrest, detectives said a van he was driving was known to have been in the Wrexham area at about 5.30pm on May 27 and was seen in Cheshire heading north five hours later.
Georgia’s parents and her sister Scarlett were in court to see Reynolds admit his guilt.
In a statement issued on behalf of the family, her father Steve Williams, a detective constable with West Mercia Police, said: “The pain we feel is as raw now as it was when our beautiful Georgia was taken from us back in May.
“We will never ever be able to make any sense of what happened, or why it happened to a young woman as caring, kind and generous as our Georgia.
“Today’s guilty plea gives us no satisfaction at all. We do not and will never understand the heartbreaking events of earlier this year that changed our lives for ever.”
Supt Adrian McGee, who helped to oversee the murder inquiry, confirmed Georgia was killed at Reynolds’ home address.
Speaking outside the court, Mr McGee said: “It is important Mr Reynolds pleaded guilty as this at least saves Georgia’s family the further trauma of a full trial. We know the plea does nothing to ease their pain but hopefully it will help them begin to move forward with their lives once sentence is passed.
“The Williams family have been incredibly dignified and understanding throughout our investigation and I cannot praise them highly enough.
“This was a hugely challenging and unusual case for the police officers and staff involved and I’d like to thank everyone who has played a part in helping the investigation reach this point.
“I’d particularly like to thank all the witnesses who came forward with information to assist our investigation, while I’d also like to thank the media for their help in publicising our appeals and helping us find Georgia and return her to her family.”