British schoolgirl's mother speaks out about her 17-year-old's death in Jamaica

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A mother has opened up about the devastating moment she found out her 17-year-old daughter had been killed by a stab wound to the neck in rural Jamaica - just three years after the family fled rising knife crime in London.

Pauline Smith, 54, says she moved her family from south London to Jamaica where she had an 'idyllic' upbringing to escape the rising threat of violence in the UK.

But three years after the move her daughter Stefika Smith was killed two months before her 18th birthday. Her body was found two days after her parents dropped her off for a sleepover in May Pen, Jamaica.

Mrs Smith told the Sunday People: 'My beautiful sweet daughter left what we saw as a knife threat but became a stabbing victim herself where we took her to be safer.' 

Stefika Smith (pictured), who died just two months before her 18th birthday, was found dead two days after her parents dropped her off for a sleepover in May Pen, Jamaica

The schoolgirl went missing on Friday, May 10 and her body was found after a desperate search. The yellow bodysuit she was wearing was ripped down the front.

And four months after her death no one has been charged for the murder, as Mrs Smith calls for British police to put pressure on Jamaican detectives.  

Stefika, who grew up in a £750,000 detached house in Thornton Heath, south London, left the UK with her family in the summer of 2016.

The schoolgirl went missing on Friday, May 10 and her body was found after a desperate search. The yellow bodysuit she was wearing was ripped down the front. Pictured, close to where Stefika's body was found

The schoolgirl went missing on Friday, May 10 and her body was found after a desperate search. The yellow bodysuit she was wearing was ripped down the front. Pictured, close to where Stefika's body was found

She had started to feel unsafe going outside due to a rise in knife-crime in the capital and when a close friend committed suicide it was the last straw.

Her mother, and 57-year-old father, Morris, a plasterer, took her to Jamaica - where

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