The devastated girlfriend of a murdered fisherman has spoken out about the moment she found his ‘brains scattered like blackberries’ around the crime scene.
Lisa Lane, 46, stumbled across the bloodied camping area after becoming worried when she hadn’t heard from her partner Scott Wilkinson.
Scott, 48, had been battered to death with a plank of wood by teen brothers Lenny and Shane Crawt.
The pair were sentenced to life for his murder at Guildford Crown Court with a minimum term of 15 years on Tuesday.
Their cousin 21-year-old cousin Charlie Smith, was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 13 years in prison.
Lisa and Scott had met and fallen in love just meters away from where the savage murder was committed.
Lisa, a former cleaner, from Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, said: “This is something that I’m never going to get over.
“I’ll never stop blaming myself or hating those boys for what they did to my Scott.
“It was a mindless act of violence and has left his family and I utterly heartbroken.
“Even two years on, it’s hard to even talk about, it feels like just yesterday that I went to look for him and found his campsite covered in what I thought at the time were squashed blackberries… it turned out to be splatters of his brain.”
The trio punched, kicked and stabbed Scott – who had been innocently fishing – then smashed Scott’s head with a piece of wood, causing fatal head injuries.
Scott’s injuries didn’t kill him straight away and the court heard readings taken from his pacemaker indicated that he had lay dying for over three hours.
Lisa, who was with Scott for four years, said: “It’s so hard not to blame myself for not going to look for him sooner.
“He would always call to check that I’d gotten home safe and he didn’t that night.
“I just assumed that he’d taken his sleeping pill and had conked out earlier than usual – I’ll forever relive those hours wondering what I could have done differently.
“I went to the trial and felt like killing those boys myself as they smirked and smiled throughout the whole thing.
“There was a point when the judge asked them to take things seriously as they were just showing absolutely no remorse – it was disgusting.
“It was all just a game to them.
“Although justice has now been served, no sentence can ever bring my Scott back.”
Scott – a passionate pike fisherman – had been enjoying his annual summer fishing trip on Donkey Island, near their home in July 2016, when the savage attack took place.
Dedicated Lisa would take daily packages of cheese and salad sandwiches and flasks of tea or bottles of squash to keep him going while he fished.
She said: “I’d been with him the day he was killed. I brought him his food and drinks and we hung-out at the campsite together chatting.
“Everything was like normal and later on he walked me to the bridge to get back to the mainland, as he always would, and we kissed goodbye.
“The murder took place just meters away from where I first ever met Scott and it was love at first sight.
“He had a nice stocky build, black hair and brown eyes.
“He was just a lovely, lovely bloke who would do anything for anyone.
“Scott had been out of work because of his health and he lived for going fishing, especially pike, they were his main passion.”
Since the murder Lisa has found it hard to cope, even turning to alcohol to ease her grief and spending ‘days on end crying’.
She said: “It’s like a nightmare that I can never wake up from, I see those boys faces in my head 24/7.”
During the trial Lenny and Shane Crawt claimed that Scott had sold them weed ‘on tick’ the day before the murder that and an argument had occurred the next day when they failed to pay him back.
The row resulted in a physical fight which led to Scott’s death but they denied murder.