(PIX11) — A 17-year-old British teen obsessed with the serial killer on the popular television series “Dexter” was sentenced to 25 years in jail Thursday for murdering his girlfriend and dismembering her body, the Mirror reported.
Steven Miles killed 17-year-old Elizabeth Thomas in the bedroom of his family’s home in Oxted, Surrey on Jan. 24.
Miles, who was 16 at the time of the killing, stabbed Thomas in the head and back. He later dismembered her legs and an arm, wrapping them in plastic and placing them in trash bags before covering her body in a green plastic garden sheet. He used saws and tools from his father’s tree business to cut up her body.
The politics student, who had been diagnosed as autistic, told his family that he had an alter ego named Ed who instructed him to kill someone.
Miles told his sister when she arrived home about an hour after the murder, “Ed made me do something bad.”
During the sentencing hearing, the court was told that the teen had a fascination with horror movies and that he wanted to emulate the actions of Dexter, a police forensics officer who moonlights as a serial killer played by actor Michael C. Hall.
Miles pleaded guilty at Guildford Crown Court on Sept. 9.
“This is a case of the utmost gravity, the horrific features of which are rarely heard in any court,” the judge overseeing the case, Christopher Critchlow, told Miles. “Nothing this court can say or do, no sentence this court can impose, can alleviate the pain suffered by Elizabeth Thomas’ family for death in such a terrible manner.”
The judge advised the court at the start of the hearing that anyone with a nervous disposition should leave due to “extremely unpleasant” and distressful details. He said that the killing was premeditated and that he would have given a full life sentence if Miles had been tried as an adult instead of as a child, citing psychiatrists who agreed that he was not schizophrenic and therefore didn’t have a defense of diminished responsibility.
“You decided at the age of 16 you had to kill somebody, you chose Elizabeth Thomas who tragically befriended you and who had stood up for you when people described you as different,” Critchlow said to Miles.
Thomas’ friends had inquired why she continued to date him despite the difficulties autism presented in the relationship, Prosecutor Philip Bennetts said, but she replied, “I am different from other females. I am fighting for him.”
Thomas’ mother described how the family had found her death “difficult to accept.” She would have celebrated her 18th birthday on Sept. 8.