Murder investigation in Bournemouth - man charged

Detectives investigating the death of Jennifer Williams in Bournemouth have today charged a man with her murder.

At 4.12pm on Saturday 20 June 2015, officers were called to an address in Colehill Crescent after 25-year-old Jennifer Williams, of Bournemouth, sustained serious stab wounds.

She was taken to Poole Hospital for treatment but sadly died at 3.28am on Sunday 21 June 2015 from her injuries. A post mortem examination found that Jennifer had died from multiple stab wounds. Her family are being supported by specially-trained police family liaison officers

Today, Tuesday 23 June 2015, 26-year-old Stefan Marc Mayne, has been charged with Jennifer’s murder. He will appear before Bournemouth Magistrates’ Court tomorrow, Wednesday 24 June 2015.

Detective Inspector Mark Samuel, of Dorset Police’s Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “Following a fast-moving and thorough investigation, we have consulted with the Crown Prosecution Service who authorised the charge of murder.

“However, detectives will continue to obtain the facts in this investigation.

'Family liaison officers have updated Jennifer’s family with this development and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.

“I would like to thank the public for their support and co-operation during the initial stages of our investigation.

“It is also important to stress – as is typical in such circumstances – that it would be entirely inappropriate for Dorset Police to comment further ahead of the trial. It is vital that the justice system is allowed to follow its course.”

John Montague, Senior District Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service in Wessex, said: "I have today authorised Dorset Police to charge Stefan Mayne with murder.

"It is alleged that Stefan Mayne stabbed to death Jennifer Williams at her home. Ms Williams was attended to by neighbours after she escaped her home, suffering several serious stab wounds. She died in the early hours of the following morning after doctors at Poole Hospital tried to save her.

"I carefully reviewed all the available evidence provided to me by Dorset Police, and in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors, I am satisfied that there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and it is in the public interest to prosecute Stefan Mayne for the murder of Jennifer Williams.

"Proceedings are now ongoing and the defendant has the right to a fair trial. It is very important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings."

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 21:134. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.

Issued: 23 June 2015

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