‘Possessive’ woman, 27, who was ‘obsessed’ with her lover killed him after he messaged another girl


A ‘possessive’ true crime fan who had framed pictures of serial killers on her wall murdered her boyfriend in his sleep after discovering he had been messaging a teenage girl, a court heard today.

Shaye Groves was ‘obsessed’ with lover Frankie Fitzgerald because of his ‘performance in the bedroom’, with the couple’s sex life involving bondage, dominance, submission and masochism, jurors were told.

Groves – whose home features portraits of murderers – is alleged to have launched a ‘passionate’ attack on her lover as he lay in bed, stabbing him 22 times and causing ‘catastrophic’ blood loss, the court heard. 

She then proceeded to make a ‘false alibi’ for herself, inspired by tips from true crime documentaries to avoid getting caught, the court heard.

Shaye Groves, pictured, was ‘obsessed’ with lover Frankie Fitzgerald because of his ‘performance in the bedroom’, a court heard

The 27-year-old mother of one tried to ‘cover her a***’ by messaging her friend after the attack, saying Mr Fitzgerald had left her address and rang the same friend ‘laughing’ about the incident, the court was told. 

Groves denies murdering him in a ‘crime of passion’ at her home in Havant, Hants on July 17 last year.

Opening the case at Winchester Crown Court, Hampshire, Steven Perian, prosecuting, said Groves and Mr Fitzgerald had rekindled an old relationship after meeting at a pub in Cosham, Hampshire, in January last year.

Addressing jurors, Mr Perian said: ‘Their sex life involved bondage, dominance submission and masochism – BDSM.

Frankie Fitzgerald, pictured, was stabbed 22 times allegedly by his lover and suffered 'catastrophic' blood loss

Frankie Fitzgerald, pictured, was stabbed 22 times allegedly by his lover and suffered ‘catastrophic’ blood loss 

‘It is likely she was obsessed with Frankie Fitzgerald because of his performance in the bedroom.

‘The prosecution case is the defendant is a manipulative, possessive and jealous woman.

‘She stabbed Frankie Fitzgerald multiple times and left him to die without any assistance.’

He added: ‘When she stabbed him multiple times she either intended to kill him or at the very least cause him grievous bodily harm.

‘The killing is very likely to have been a crime of passion driven by her jealousy.’

The court heard Groves video called her friend, Vikki Baitup, after the alleged murder, and ‘admitted the killing’.

Police at the scene on Boltley Drive, Havant, after the alleged murder of Mr Fitzgerald

Police at the scene on Boltley Drive, Havant, after the alleged murder of Mr Fitzgerald 

Telling jurors about the call, Mr Perian continued: ‘The defendant went to the bedroom three times and showed the body of Frankie Fitzgerald covered in a duvet.

‘She said they were lying in bed together and Frankie Fitzgerald was asleep.

‘The defendant was going through his messages and saw he had been talking to a 13-year-old girl. Then, while Mr Fitzgerald was asleep, she put a dagger in his throat waking him up. He moved and they started fighting.’

Groves told Ms Baitup she ‘just lost it’ and ‘stabbed him in his neck’.

He continued: ‘While the defendant was on the video chat, she could be seen cleaning the bookcase with blood on it. She showed a book and showed blood spots.

Reporting the incident to police, Ms Baitup said 'I watch crime scenes but this is too real - there was a massive gash in his neck'

Reporting the incident to police, Ms Baitup said ‘I watch crime scenes but this is too real – there was a massive gash in his neck’ 

‘Ms Baitup recalls at some point during the video chat, hearing Lauren White – a lady living with the defendant – say ”I’m going to crack”,’ he added.

‘The defendant told Ms White, ”You can’t crack you’re an accomplice, you put the bin bags under his body”.’

The court heard Groves had sent a message to Ms Baitup to create a ‘false alibi’ in order to ‘cover her a***’ where she claimed Mr Fitzgerald had ‘walked out’ on her and that it was ‘over’ between the two of them.

The court heard that on the phone call with Ms Baitup, Groves explained her logic, saying Mr Fitzgerald had been ‘suicidal anyway’ and that ‘it was alright, they’ll just assume he has gone off and committed suicide’.

‘When asked what she was going to do with the body, the defendant replied ”it’s alright, we are going to bury it in the back garden”, Mr Perian said.

Reporting the incident to police, Ms Baitup said ‘I watch crime scenes but this is too real – there was a massive gash in his neck’.

Jurors heard a pathologist’s report, explaining Mr Fitzgerald was stabbed 17 times to the front of the chest, twice to other chest areas and three to times to the neck – resulting in his death after ‘multiple perforations of heart and lungs’ and ‘catastrophic blood loss’.

Footage from officers who arrived at the scene was played to the court, who reported an ‘incredibly strong’ smell of bleach in the bedroom.

Groves could be heard saying: ‘I was going to call you myself. I don’t know what the fuck happened.

She also claimed he tried to hurt her and said she had video footage of him raping and attacking her.  

‘He’s dead. He’s in my room, it’s a mess, it really is a mess.

‘I still took somebody’s life. The knife I used is in the sink – the cut on his neck is pretty brutal, when I put it in his neck he rolled over.’

Jurors were informed that there was a previous event where Mr Fitzgerald had called Groves the name of his ex-girlfriend, and Groves had wanted to ‘pick up my dagger straight in his neck’.  

The court heard Groves had also made plans to use an ex-boyfriend and her cousin to ‘beat him up’ and was even willing to ‘ask one of them to kick me’ so she would ‘look like a victim’ too.

‘These provide an insight into the defendant’s mind to plan an attack on Mr Fitzgerald and engineer a situation she appears a victim,’ he said.

Explaining how she knew how to ‘engineer’ this situation, he continued: ‘The defendant had many gangster books, like Charles Bronson.

‘She has serial killer pictures in frames on her wall and watches murder documentaries.

‘The Crown say by reading about and watching these she was familiar with: a crime scene, how to create a false narrative and how to create a false alibi.

‘When you hear the evidence it is open to conclude she set up a false narrative that: she was abused, created a false alibi that she sent to Vikki Baitup and cleaned up a crime scene from watching the documentaries.’

Groves denies murder, claiming she acted in self defence. The trial, which is expected to last four weeks, continues.

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