The Tragic death of Rosie May Storrie (UK)

 
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Autism Boy who killed Rosie may have struck four times - A teenager who murdered 10-year-old Rosie May Storrie had committed a string of attacks on young girls.  Paul Smith, 18, was jailed for life yesterday after a jury convicted him of the bizarre killing. Smith has Asberger's syndrome, a form of autism that leaves him with emotional problems and unable to control his temper.  He killed Rosie May by holding her face--down on a bed at a Christmas party while guests chatted downstairs.  Earlier,while Rosie May was playing a computer game, Smith had walked in and declared in front of other guests: 'I feel like a sexual being,' by Steve Mccomish

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Death of Rosie May had 'nothing to do with me' - An autistic teenager, who is accused of murdering a 10-year-old girl at a Christmas party, told a court yesterday that he had nothing to do with her death.  Paul Smith, 18, said the last person to see Rosie May Storrie alive was not him but one of her 11-year-old friends. Before he began his evidence, the jury was told that Smith suffers from Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism by Nick Britten

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Family torn apart by murder / The parents of Paul Smith insist their son has been blamed for killing Rosie May Storrie because he is an "easy target". - Nigel and Susan Smith say his Asperger's Syndrome has made him vulnerable.  But the 18-year-old was the last person seen with the young ballet star at a party before she was found smothered to death on a bed. Incriminating traces of his DNA were discovered on a can of Guinness at the little girl's bedside. His arrest tore the close-knit family apart by BBC News

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Killer an outsider - Paul Smith's parents stood by him throughout a childhood during which he was bullied for his stilted language, lack of social skills and learning difficulties. When the teenager was accused of murder, Nigel Smith, a businessman, and his wife, Susan, claimed that their vulnerable son had been blamed because he was an easy target. From an early age he was made a scapegoat because his condition, Aspergerís syndrome, marked him out from other children. The condition was identified in 1944 by Hans Asperger, a German doctor, who noted similar, odd behaviour in more than one of his patients. The subtle characteristics of the condition often lead to it being missed by doctors. Smithís condition was diagnosed at the age of 12 or 13 after disruptive behaviour at his school, Central Technology College, in Grantham. He hated school and saw a special needs teacher for five hours a week. As soon as he reached 16 he left school to start his apprenticeship as an electrician. A spokesman for the National Autistic Society said that Aspergerís sufferers often have difficulties relating to people, which lead to problems forming friendships. by Michael Hornsnell

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Killer of 'shining star' is jailed for life - At the age of ten, talented ballerina Rosie May Storrie had already appeared in her first professional pantomime and seemed destined to achieve her dream of a life on the stage. But, by the time her invitation to audition for the English Youth Ballet arrived through the post, the popular youngster described by her family as a "shining star" was dead - murdered in a sexual attack in the space of a few moments at a party while her parents chatted downstairs by Janet McVeigh

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My heartbreak, by Lisa - The autistic daughter of an elderly couple who made a suicide pact after failing to cope with her condition spoke yesterday of her "heartbreak". Bill and Wendy Ainscow took a cocktail of drugs before walking into the sea off Tenerife last week. Mr Ainscow, aged 75, died, but his 64-year-old wife survived and is in a stable condition in hospital. The couple's 33-year-old daughter Lisa suffers from Asperger's syndrome and other mental problems, which cause her to make constant demands for money and rack up huge debts on shopping sprees. She said: "I am heartbroken. It is hard to come to terms with what has happened. I wish somebody would help. I just want someone to give me a chance in life," by the Birmingham Post

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Paul Smith, the 'odd' kid' turns killer - Bullied at school for his stilted speech and learning difficulties, teenage killer Paul Smith was always seen as the "odd kid".  Like many sufferers of Asperger's Syndrome, the 18-year-old lacked social skills and hated crowded situations such as the fateful party last December.  Paul Smith was diagnosed with autism at the age of 12 .  He had a fiery temper and when Rosie May Storrie started innocently making fun of the older boy, he lost control and smothered the 10-year-old to death.  His loyal parents, Nigel and Susan Smith, claimed from the start their "vulnerable" son had been blamed for the killing because he was an "easy target".  They said ever since he was a young child he was used as a scapegoat because his condition, a form of autism, made him different from other children by News Telegraph

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Parents Deny Son Went Missing During Rosie May Disappearance - The parents of a teenager accused of smothering 10-year-old Rosie May Storrie at a Christmas party told a court today he was only out of their sight for a few minutes before the youngster was found unconscious.  Nigel and Susan Smith denied claims their son Paul went missing at about the time the talented ballet dancer disappeared in the house in Normanton, Leicestershire, last December.  Businessman Mr Smith said he saw his son return from an upstairs toilet and walk straight past the closed bedroom door behind which the little girl was found moments later.  He said after the tragedy, Smith, who suffers from a form of autism known as Aspergerís Syndrome, showed concern for Rosie May and her two brothers, who were left traumatised by their sisterís death by Jacqui Walls

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Parents' fury at wall of silence - The parents of a 10-year-old girl last night spoke of their anger about a wall of silence that allowed her killer to attack three children before he smothered their daughter at a Christmas party.  A history of violent assaults carried out by Paul Smith, 18, was revealed yesterday as he was jailed for life for the murder of Rosie May Storrie, who was a child stage star. Smith, of Sedgebrook, Lincolnshire, had denied killing Rosie May at the party in Leicestershire last year by William Tinning

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Parents say killer is 'innocent' - The parents of a teenager jailed for life for murdering a 10-year-old girl say they are to launch an appeal against his conviction. Paul Smith, 18, from Sedgebrook, Lincs, was found guilty by the jury at Nottingham Crown Court of smothering Rosie May Storrie at a party.
Nigel and Susan Smith say their son is incapable of lying because he suffers from Asperger's syndrome. They say his condition, a form of autism, was not taken into account., by BBC News

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Repeat attacker, 18, is jailed for Rosie murder / After nine hours' deliberation, jury finds teenager guilty of 10-year-old's murder and is told of previous violent incidents involving other girls - Paul Smith was bullied as "the odd kid" for all 11 years he spent at school, struggling with a form of autism, but yesterday, as he started a life sentence for stripping and smothering a child ballet star, he was revealed as a repeat attacker of young girls. After nine hours, a jury at Nottingham Crown court convicted the 18-year-old, who suffers from Asperger's syndrome and whose stilted speech and learning difficulties singled him out for mockery, of killing Rosie May Storrie, 10, at a Christmas party in Normanton, Leicestershire.

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Rosie May Murder Trial: Jury Retires - "...Giving evidence earlier this week, Smith, who suffers from a form of autism known as Aspergerís syndrome, said he did not see Rosie May upstairs at the party. The 18-year-old also denied an earlier attack on a 12-year-old girl in which he allegedly pinned her to a bed and tied her hands behind her back," by Andrew Barrow

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Suicide pair's girl 'heartbroken' - An autistic women says she is heartbroken by her parents' decision to make a suicide pact because they could not cope with her condition. Bill and Wendy Ainscow, formerly of Wirral, took a mixture of drugs before walking into the sea off Tenerife, by BBC News

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Teenager denies killing girl, 10 - "..."You may perceive a monotone and an apparent lack of emotion. What you have to bear in mind is that Paul Smith suffers from a condition known as Asperger's Syndrome and it is a form of autism. It forms no part of his defence to the charge, which is 'whoever was responsible for the death of Rosie Storrie, it was not me'. But his condition does affect the way in which he presents himself." The case continues, by Sandra Laville


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