Burning car death - man guilty of manslaughter

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A 28-year-old man has been convicted of the manslaughter of a student who was found dead in the boot of a burnt car.

Christopher Jeffrey-Shaw, of Lakeside, Beckenham, London, was found not guilty of murder, but guilty on the lesser charge of manslaughter, after a trial at Guildford Crown Court.

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The body of University of Brighton student Janet Muller, 21, was found in a burnt-out Volkswagen Jetta which had been dumped in a road by Ifield Golf Club on March 13 last year.

DS Karen Mizzi, who led the investigation, said: “I want to pay tribute to the bravery of Janet’s family who have had to listen to the harrowing evidence in this case.

“The loss of a family member is always tragic, especially in these circumstances. This was a horrifying attack on a vulnerable young woman who had her whole life ahead of her.”

Janet’s family said: “We are not happy that the verdict is manslaughter; not murder. We are glad that the man responsible for Janet’s death will not walk free but nothing can erase the loss of Janet.”

Jeffrey-Shaw is due to be sentenced on Friday.

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