Teen stabbed to death af­ter cops ig­nored plea for help

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A SPURNED teenager stabbed his ex-girl­friend to death with a kitchen knife just hours af­ter she had begged po­lice for help, a court heard.

Thomas Dal­ton, 19, is ac­cused of wait­ing for pretty Sa­man­tha Laney, also 19, for 45 min­utes out­side her home be­fore launch­ing a vi­cious at­tack on her and her fa­ther.

She bled to death af­ter a sin­gle stab wound to the back punc­tured her lung and sev­ered an artery.

Dal­ton is also ac­cused of stab­bing Sa­man­tha’s fa­ther Steven inside the fam­ily’s home in New­cas­tle-un­der-Lyme, Staffs, on Fe­bru­ary 21.

Stafford Crown Court heard just hours be­fore her death, Sa­man­tha rang the cops and asked them to help af­ter she re­ceiv­ing threats from Dal­ton that he was go­ing to “slice her open” af­ter she ended their re­la­tion­ship in Jan­uary.

But of­fi­cers re­fused to pro­vide a po­lice es­cort to ac­com­pany her to Dal­ton’s home to col­lect her be­long­ings, say­ing they were too busy.

The court heard that shortly af­ter the killing, Dal­ton updated his Face­book pro­file, say­ing: “Some things got to be done in life.”

Dal­ton de­nies murder and at­tempted murder.

The trial con­tin­ues.

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