In 2003, the little Scottish town of Dalkeith was rocked by the murder of schoolgirl Jodi Jones.
Even more distressing was the identification of the horrible offender.
Who was Jodi Jones?
Schoolgirl Jodi Jones, 14, was from Easthouses, Midlothian, Scotland.
Along with her lover Luke Mitchell, who was 14 at the time, she attended St. David’s Roman Catholic High School.
When they first started dating in March 2003, the young pair spent a lot of time together, although Jodi’s mother forbade them from doing so.
Four months after that, Jodi was savagely murdered.
When was Jodi Jones killed?
Sadly, Jodi was killed on June 30, 2003.
Jodi left her home to visit her lover Luke Mitchell that day, but when she didn’t show up at Mitchell’s home or come back, authorities became concerned.
Jodi was being viciously attacked while she was taking a shortcut through some trees to get to Mitchell’s house.
Mitchell and her family members found her dead that evening at about 10.30 p.m. on the Roan’s Dyke walk close to her residence.
Jodi’s hands were bound behind her back, her throat was sliced, and her body was brutally slashed in a vicious knife attack.
The letters LM and JJ were carved into bark close to where Jodi’s body was located when investigators started to examine the crime scene.
When investigators learned how simple it was for Jodi’s boyfriend to find her body, suspicions about Mitchell only grew.
Members of her family, who were also out frantically looking for her, apparently remained on the other side until Mitchell’s dog supposedly halted at a “V” in a wall, when Mitchell crawled through and discovered her dead.
Mitchell was originally questioned as a witness following the body’s discovery, but he soon came to dominate the murder inquiry.
Mitchell was taken into custody and charged with Jodi’s murder ten months later.
He was also accused of being involved in the supply of cannabis resin as well as having a knife or blades in public areas, including St. David’s High School.
Because of the date of this, he could face a court trial as an adult.
Mitchell entered a not-guilty plea and provided a unique defence of alibi claiming that he was at home preparing dinner when the murder occurred.
After a trial at the High Court in Edinburgh, Mitchell, who was 16 at the time, was found guilty of murder in January 2005.
He was held responsible for Jodi’s attack, which included beating her on the head and torso and squeezing her throat to prevent her from breathing.
He was also found guilty of using a knife to stab the adolescent both before and after she passed away, causing injuries to her face, ear, mouth, breast, and abdomen.
Mitchell was given a minimum term of 20 years in jail before being eligible for parole after being branded as “really nasty” by Judge Lord Nimmo Smith.