Friday, 27 Nov 2020

‘Beautiful’ teen took own life after abuser dumped her day before 16th birthday

An underage teenage girl was driven to take her own life by an abuser who dumped her before her 16th birthday.

Georgia Myers, who lived with her mum and five siblings in the Middleton area of Leeds, was found dead the day before her birthday.

She was just 14 when her half-sister's ex-partner – Michael Jenkins – started sexually abusing her in April 2017, Leeds Live reports.

It continued over the course of 10 months until Georgia asked Jenkins to tell others about their 'relationship'.

When he refused, she told her half-sister. The woman told Georgia's mum to call the police.

Jenkins and Georgia seemingly cut contact and her mum says her happiness returned, but a couple of weeks before her 16th birthday, the teenager came home crying because Jenkins had got another woman pregnant.

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She apologised to her mum for not telling her that they had swapped their new numbers and met up, saying she was afraid her mum would report him to police again.

The day before her birthday in August 2018, Jenkins called Georgia and told her that the police had visited him that morning and told him that he still could not legally meet her when she turned 16.

She left the house and went to the grounds of the Leeds Corinthians Rugby Union Football Club in Middleton where she took her own life.

Speaking about when a police officer broke the tragic news to her at her front door, Georgia's mum Sarah Nolan said: "I was stunned. I couldn't believe what he was telling me.

"My response to him was, 'No, no, no'. To know she was dead, just didn't make sense. It still doesn't sink in that she's gone for real."

On Monday, more than two years later, 32-year-old Jenkins pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual activity with a child. The charges relate to sex between April 1, 2017 and February 28, 2018.

After the pleas, Judge Mushtaq Khokhar described it as 'one of the most tragic cases I have came across', adding: "It just shows the dangers of adults forming relationships with children."

Georgia's mum said Jenkins first met Georgia when she was nine years old. Georgia would visit him after he and her half-sister split up in 2016.

"We had that trust because Georgia was auntie to his kids – it was like normal family," Miss Nolan told Yorkshire Live.

"The trust was there and that's what Michael used.

"Georgia wanted to be an adult – she wanted to be all grown up. She felt that bond with him like 'I can talk to him and he will treat me like an adult – my mum won't'.

"She fell for that. She fell for him. She used the kids as an excuse to visit him. But he didn't think of her as an adult."

Leeds Crown Court was told the pair began kissing and touching each other sexually in April 2017, before starting to have sex three or four weeks later.

Miss Nolan said Georgia's behaviour changed at the time, which she thought was just "difficult teenage ups and downs", but in April 2018 she learned the truth.

"The things Georgia was telling the police were grotesque, I felt sick. It was quite intimate details that she was saying he had done with her. It was awful – I just cried."

She said her daughter showed her text messages Jenkins had sent her saying he loved her and promising that they would 'live happily ever after' when she turned 16.

Her mum said Georgia seemed happy after Jenkins was arrested but the two bumped into each other and swapped numbers, after which he tried to guilt Georgia into dropping the charges.

Three days before her 16th birthday, Jenkins rang the teenager to say he had got a young woman pregnant and he couldn't speak to her again.

"She tried to ring him back but he didn't answer," Miss Nolan said.

"She ran off and tried calling him again."

Miss Nolan said her daughter then took her own life, adding: "It messed up her mind that much and she couldn't take it."

"I feel sad for us as a family – we don't get her for Christmases and birthdays – but she has lost her life. I feel so, so sad for Georgia.

"Sometimes I hate him. Sometimes I feel nothing for him. Whatever [sentence] he gets will never be enough.

"It's devastating, it really is. It's heartbreaking every day."

She added: "She died for nothing and that's exactly what he is – nothing. I have lost someone so young and beautiful with her whole life ahead of her. Her whole life was taken away from her for nothing."

Jenkins has been remanded in custody and is due to be sentenced on December 18.

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