Teenager sentenced for murder - Hertfordshire

25/07/2012

Tony Bushby, aged 19, has today, Wednesday, 25 July 2012, been sentenced at St Albans Crown Court to life imprisonment and is to serve a minimum of 25-years for the murder of Catherine Wynter in Borehamwood on Boxing Day, 2011. He was convicted yesterday, Tuesday, 24 July 2012, unanimously by a jury at St Albans Crown Court.

Catherine, who was also known as Katie Briscoe, was stabbed to death at her sister's house in Beech Drive as she babysat her niece and nephew.  They were not injured.

The court heard that Bushby had set up four fake Facebook accounts, which he used to talk to Katie, who believed she was talking to his friends.  He used them to say things about himself to gain her trust before killing her.

Baljit Ubhey OBE, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "We have worked closely with the police since this investigation was launched.  This was a tragic crime, which led to the untimely death of Catherine Wynter (also known as Katie).

"The jury found that there was overwhelming evidence against Tony Bushby and the jurors were in no doubt that he caused the death of Katie, despite his denials.

"The Crown Prosecution Service praises the strength and courage of Katie's family who sat through the trial and listened to the horrific details of how Katie was killed, while babysitting at a relative's home in Borehamwood, last Christmas (Boxing Day) by her so called boyfriend.

"As a result of the hard work and diligence of the prosecution team, a just outcome has been achieved for the victim and her family.  We hope that the conviction and sentence will in some way help the family come to terms with this tragic event and move forward with their lives.  Bushby has today been sentenced to life imprisonment and is to serve a minimum term of 25-years.  However, no matter how long the prison sentence is, we acknowledge that nothing can make up for the loss felt by the family and friends of Katie.  Our thoughts are very much with them at this time."

Detective Inspector Carl Foster from the joint Major Crime Unit said: "Bushby planned his attack on Katie and fabricated a story to try and cover his tracks.  He had created a fantasy world around him, unbeknown to Katie, who was totally innocent to what was going on.

"He has taken the life of a young girl in a most brutal way.  He is a dangerous man and it is right that the jury have seen through his lies and convicted him of murder.  Whilst the sentence passed reflects the severity of his actions, nothing will bring Katie back to her family.  Our thoughts are with them at this time."