A 20-year-old British woman who wrote an extensive to-do list full of plans to kidnap, torture, and kill a man with a homemade “murder toolkit” has been sentenced to prison. Sophie George, from Brighton, was sentenced to 13-and-a-half years after she pleaded guilty to attempted murder and possession of an offensive weapon in a public place at Lewes Crown Court. Thankfully, no one was hurt as a result of her plans.
- George planned to kill a 23-year-old man she knew. On October 10, 2020, George, who was 18 at the time, arranged to be picked up by the man who would be her victim, according to Sussex Police. However, on the way to his house, she forced him to make a pit-stop so she could collect two shopping bags.
- Things escalated quickly and George launched her attack. According to authorities, George threatened the victim with a knife. When they both exited the man’s van, they began fighting in the street and he managed to disarm her and throw the knife into a bush. However, George then bit his finger down to the bone, prompting him to call 911.
- Police discovered a terrible collection of items on George. When they arrived at the scene, they found her shopping bags included things like duct tape, lighters, gloves, bleach, and a Stanley knife that she planned to use to kidnap and murder the man as well as cover up the crime. They later searched her address and found a to-do list including plans to “drive to gravesite” and “walk him to site, kill and bury.”
- It was clear that George had thought about her nefarious plan at length. Detective Superintendant Jon Hull said: “This was a cold, premeditated plan to kidnap, torture and murder an innocent man, with clear steps to then cover up the crime. I am in no doubt that George would have followed through with her hugely disturbing ‘to-do list’ were it not for the victim overpowering her and the prompt response of our officers to bring her into custody. I would like to thank the victim for his support in this investigation, the member of the public who called 999 and everyone involved – particularly Detective Paul Thomas who was in charge of the investigation – for helping to take a dangerous individual off the streets.”
George is now behind bars where she belongs.