Due popular demand by our viewers, we recount the tragic death of Kelly Anne Bates – an English teenager who was murdered in Manchester, England at the age of 17 by her abuser and live in partner, James Patterson Smith, who was roughly 30 years her senior. She was tortured by him over a period of four weeks, including having her eyes gouged from their sockets up to three weeks before her death, before being bludgeoned over the head and drowned in a bathtub.
The murder inquiry was headed by Detective Sergeant Joseph Monaghan of Greater Manchester Police, who said: “I have been in the police force for 15 years and have never seen a case as horrific as this.” William Lawler, the pathologist who examined Bates’ body, described her injuries as the worst he had seen on a murder victim.
Smith, with a history of violence and torture against former partners, denied murdering Bates but was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment on 19 November 1997.
This case has been compared to the Junko Furuta and Sylvia Likens case, and once again highlights the topic of bystander apathy.
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