Colchester Man Jailed For Life For Killing Ex

19 December 2016, 16:06 | Updated: 19 December 2016, 16:10

A man from Colchester has been given life in prison for killing his 22 year old ex girlfriend.

Leigh-Anne Mahachi was stabbed to death in April, outside her home in Sheffield, by Tapiwa Douglas Furusa, who's 37 and of Clarendon Way.

Bank worker Leigh-Anne had left the house to go to work when her mother heard screaming and shouting coming from outside. She looked outside and saw Leigh-Anne’s ex-boyfriend, Furusa, knelt over her, lashing out at the top half of her body with a knife.

Furusa fled the area following the attack and drove to Manchester where he later handed himself in, telling officers ‘I stabbed my girlfriend and I think she’s dead.’

Detective Chief Inspector Steve Ashmore, the senior investigating officer, said: “I am pleased that Furusa pleaded guilty so that Leigh-Anne’s friends and family did not have the ordeal of a trial.

“Furusa launched a senseless and incredibly violent attack on Leigh-Anne, who suffered between 30-40 stab wounds.

“She was a young girl with her whole life ahead of her and Furusa took that away in an unprovoked, selfish and frenzied attack.

“His actions on that day have also robbed a family, Leigh-Anne’s partner and her friends, of a lifetime of memories.”

Furusa will serve a minimum of 26 years.