'Tell us what happened in hours before she died', mother begs daughter's killer

Undated handout file photo issued by Sussex Police of Janet Muller.

A mother has begged her daughter's killer to solve the mystery still surrounding her death.

Speaking to the Press Association, Ramona Muller told of the torture she still endures every day while "so many questions" remain unanswered after her daughter Janet's death in Sussex three years ago.

Court and inquest proceedings heard the German student, who was studying in the UK, had been admitted to a mental health hospital and escaped by climbing over a wall.

Her body was found the next day in a burnt-out car which had been dumped near Crawley. Christopher Jeffrey-Shaw was convicted and jailed of her manslaughter.

So far, there has been no evidence to suggest the pair previously met.

The 47-year-old, who lives in Berlin, said: "We still don't know what happened in the last 12 hours of her life.

"We still don't really know how she was allowed to get out, how she met him, how she ended up in that car or why he did it.

"It's terrible.

"You got to bed every night thinking 'What happened?' and 'Why can't we find the answers?'

"We are still going to try and find a way.

"We hope Jeffrey-Shaw will speak out because he is the only one who knows what happened.

"We need people to help us find out the truth."

Mrs Muller has not spoken publicly of her ordeal until this week, telling of her heartbreak when she arrived in England on her birthday to discover her daughter was dead.

She said: "Janet's body was found on March 13. I did not know the police had found her body until I arrived in England on March 18 - my birthday - and my other daughter told me. The police didn't inform me.

Undated handout photo issued by Sussex Police of Christopher Jeffrey-Shaw, who was jailed for 17 years in 2016 for the manslaughter of University of Brighton student Janet Muller.

"I thought I would wait until the time was right to speak about everything. I didn't want to interrupt any investigations. It's right now to say how we feel.

"It will not bring Janet back. But it would have been her intention to ensure other patients are safe, treated with respect and are not forgotten.

"We still hope we can force change."

- PA

More in this Section

New Kazakh president sworn in after long-time leader resigns

Beware of queen bees under your feet, say scientists

Brexit: What they said then and now

Katie Price due in court to face charges of shouting abuse at school


Lifestyle

Can a craft exhibition have Brexit influences?

Irish author’s mental health memoir shortlisted for prize

The mother of all gifts: Here are some ideas for how to treat your mum this Mother's Day

Blue Planet: Diving in for live show

More From The Irish Examiner