Great Yarmouth teenager Katy Bown guilty of killing neighbour

Katy Bown Katy Bown has an IQ of 66 and the reading age of a five year old, the jury was told

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A young mother who killed her neighbour in the street following an argument about the noise of his motorbike has been convicted of his manslaughter.

Katy Bown, who had been trying to get her toddler to sleep, rowed with Shane Boulton and his girlfriend in Stanley Terrace, Great Yarmouth, last June.

She went home, got a knife and stabbed him in the chest. He died in hospital.

A jury at Norwich Crown Court acquitted Bown, 18, of murder. She had previously admitted manslaughter.

Bown had been trying to settle her two-year-old when Mr Boulton began riding his trials-style motorcycle in the adjacent road and alleyways, police said after the case.

Shane Boulton Shane Boulton's family said they were disappointed in the verdict
'Seeking revenge'

She asked him to make less noise, which led to an argument between the three people.

The situation appeared to have calmed down, with Bown returning home, but she returned and stabbed 21-year-old Mr Boulton in the heart as he stood in the street.

He died a short while later at the James Paget Hospital in Gorleston.

The jury had heard Bown has an IQ of 66 and had a past of seeking revenge.

Defence barrister John Goodman had told the court that rather than being a manipulative and calculating liar, she was a fragile, vulnerable, frightened young girl.

A forensic consultant psychiatrist, Dr Daniel Dalton, told the jury she had problems with her "moral reasoning".

Speaking after the case, Det Ch Insp Jes Fry said: "This is a tragic incident which has destroyed the lives of two young people and their families.

"The escalation into violence was not necessary and could have so easily been avoided."

In a statement released by police, Mr Boulton's family said they were disappointed in the verdict but understood there were "factors in the case that culminated in this result".

"Ultimately she stabbed him and for that she must serve whatever punishment is given.

"Although we will never be happy with the sentence because we have lost our loved one, he has lost his life and she still has hers."

Bown is due to be sentenced in two weeks.

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