Woman speaks of love for murder victim

THE woman at the centre of a tangled web of relationships which led to Simon Everitt's murder has told how she had planned to start a new life with the 17-year-old.

THE woman at the centre of a tangled web of relationships which led to Simon Everitt's murder has told how she had planned to start a new life with the 17-year-old.

Fiona Statham, who was 19 at the time of the killing, had decided to get back together with Simon the day before he disappeared.

He and the mother-of-one from Yarmouth planned to move to Birmingham together to start a family.

On June 7 she ended her relationship with Jimi-Lee Stewart, one of the three convicted of Simon's murder, by text message. She had also had a previous relationship with Jonathan Clarke, another of Simon's killers


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Norwich Crown Court heard how this was the final straw which led to Stewart, Clarke and Maria Chandler plotting to kill Simon because of “sexual jealousy and a warped sense of allegiance”.

Miss Statham said: “Simon was the one I loved and the one I wanted to be with. We had talked about how we would move somewhere else to get away from all the problems and build a life together. Now we will never have the chance to do that.”

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Before the discovery of Simon's body, a high-profile missing persons inquiry was launched by Norfolk police.

During that inquiry, Miss Statham had the name “Simon” tattooed on her arm in tribute to him.

“I'm going to add 'RIP' and some other words to it now,” she said. “It's my way of showing I will never forget him.”

Miss Statham acknowledged that the killing had been motivated by jealousy caused by her actions, but said she did not blame herself.

“There was no way I could have known what they were capable of,” she said.

“All I wanted to do was be with Simon. It wasn't me who killed him.

“I know what people might be saying but I have moved away from where I used to live and I need to move on with my life.”

Miss Statham said she still has nightmares about what happened. “I will never forgive them for what they did - it was twisted and evil,” she said.

The court heard how she had originally dated Clarke in October 2007. In early 2008 she began a relationship with Stewart but this soon ended as she began seeing Simon.

She later got back together with Stewart before finally ending this to get back together with Simon the day before his disappearance.

After murdering Simon, Stewart convinced her that he had fled the area and would not be coming back. She agreed to return to him.

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