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British schoolgirl, 17, is stabbed to death in Jamaica after family moved from London

British schoolgirl, 17, is stabbed to death in Jamaica after family moved from London to escape knife crime

  • Stefika Smith, 17, was killed by a single stab wound to the neck in Jamaica
  • Her mother, Pauline, is calling for UK police to put pressure on Jamaican officers
  • The family moved to the island from south London in 2016 to escape knife-crime
  • Shortly after her body was found two people were arrested but then released 

A 17-year-old girl was killed by a stab wound to the neck before being dumped next to a sugar cane field in rural Jamaica – after her family fled knife-crime in London.

Stefika Smith, who died just two months before her 18th birthday, was found dead two days after her parents dropped her off for a sleepover in May Pen, Jamaica.

The schoolgirl went missing on Friday, May 10 and her body was found after a desperate search. The yellow bodysuit she was wearing was ripped down the front.

Stefika Smith (pictured), who died just two months before her 18th birthday, was found dead two days after her parents dropped her off for a sleepover in May Pen, Jamaica

Her mother Pauline Smith, 54, told the Sunday People: ‘My beautiful sweet daughter left what we saw as a knife threat but became a stabbing victim herself where we took her to be safer.’

And four months after her death no one has been charged for the murder, as Mrs Smith calls for British police to put pressure on Jamaican detectives.  

Stefika, who grew up in a £750,000 detached house in Thornton Heath, south London, left the UK with her family in the summer of 2016.

The schoolgirl went missing on Friday, May 10 and her body was found after a desperate search. The yellow bodysuit she was wearing was ripped down the front. Pictured, close to where Stefika's body was found

The schoolgirl went missing on Friday, May 10 and her body was found after a desperate search. The yellow bodysuit she was wearing was ripped down the front. Pictured, close to where Stefika’s body was found

She had started to feel unsafe going outside due to a rise in knife-crime in the capital and when a close friend committed suicide it was the last straw.

Her mother, and 57-year-old father, Morris, a plasterer, took her to Jamaica – where they remembered an ‘idyllic’ childhood. Mrs Smith left the island aged 23.

In Britain Stefika had been a pupil at Norbury Manor Business Enterprise College for Girls and sang in the gospel choir at the New Testament Church of God in Brixton.

Her mother Pauline Smith (pictured with Stefika), and 57-year-old father, Morris, a plasterer, took her to Jamaica - where they remembered an 'idyllic' childhood

Her mother Pauline Smith (pictured with Stefika), and 57-year-old father, Morris, a plasterer, took her to Jamaica – where they remembered an ‘idyllic’ childhood

And after the move she was enrolled in May Pen High School, expecting to come back to the UK for university.

Stefika was found with a single stab wound to the throat on a track road

Stefika was found with a single stab wound to the throat on a track road 

But a short time later violence in the parish of Clarendon erupted – with the region, where May Pen is the largest town – being declared in a state of emergency.

The homicide rate in the area, which is 35 miles from the island’s capital Kingston, hit 100 so far this year and many of the victims have been children and teenagers.

Stefika was found with a single stab wound to the throat on a track road next to a sugar cane field and there was evidence she had been involved in a struggle.

But what made her death even harder to bear was the fact her parents found out only after a mobile phone picture of her body was posted to social media.

They discovered their daughter’s death only when a relative in Canada called to say: ‘Have you seen Facebook’.

‘We believed Stefika would have a better education and better life here, away from the danger of knives in London,’ Pauline added.

In Britain Stefika had been a pupil at Norbury Manor Business Enterprise College for Girls and sang in the gospel choir at the New Testament Church of God in Brixton

In Britain Stefika had been a pupil at Norbury Manor Business Enterprise College for Girls and sang in the gospel choir at the New Testament Church of God in Brixton

‘Now of course I ask myself, did I make the right choice?’

Shortly after Stefika’s body was found a man and woman were arrested but have since been released.

A police source close to the investigation says: ‘We do have suspects in this case.’

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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