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Bournemouth man Stefan Mayne jailed for Jennifer Williams murder

Stefan Mayne Image copyright Dorset Police
Image caption Stefan Mayne was convicted of murdering Jennifer Williams in her house in Colehill Crescent, Bournemouth

A "obsessive" man found guilty of stabbing a woman to death in her home has been jailed for 27 years.

Stefan Mayne was convicted of murdering sex worker Jennifer Williams at her home in Colehill Crescent, Bournemouth.

Mayne, who was a client of Ms Williams, wanted their relationship to become "more personal" and became "obsessed" with the 25-year-old, police said.

He was given a life term at Winchester Crown Court, after being found guilty of Ms Williams' murder.

She was stabbed multiple times and found by neighbours outside her house in a pool of blood last June.

Mayne, 26, tried to flee the scene but was chased and detained by neighbours.

The court heard Ms Williams was stabbed eight times in the back, neck, right breast, left thigh and six times across her abdomen.

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Image caption Jennifer Williams was stabbed numerous times

Dorset Police Ms Williams had begun feeling uneasy about Mayne's "obsession" before her death.

Det Insp Mark Samuel said: "I would urge anyone with similar concerns regarding possessive and obsessive behaviour to please come forward. We will listen."

Joanna Cain, from Bournemouth Borough Council, said although "off-street prostitution" was not a crime there were "serious risk implications associated with individuals who work in this way, particularly those that do so in isolation".

She added: "Offenders are known to target this group because they believe that women will be reluctant to speak with police or seek support - we want this to change."

Image caption Neighbours detained Mayne who tried to flee the scene

In a statement, Ms Williams' family described her as "full of life, beautiful, intelligent, kind and loving".

"She was taken from us far too soon and we are heartbroken," the statement added.

The family thanked the emergency services, staff at Poole Hospital, Dorset Police and "most especially" Ms Williams' neighbours.

"It gives us comfort knowing that she was not alone in her last conscious moments."

Passing sentence, the judge also commended the neighbours for their actions.

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