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Ex-girlfriend murder: Life term for 'frenzied' killer

Tapiwa Douglas Furusa Image copyright South Yorkshire Police
Image caption Tapiwa Douglas Furusa pleaded guilty at Sheffield Crown Court to murdering 22-year-old Leigh-Anne Mahachi

A man who stabbed his ex-girlfriend to death in an "unprovoked and frenzied" attack has been jailed for life.

Tapiwa Furusa, 37, attacked Leigh-Anne Mahachi, 22, outside her home in Spotswood Close, Sheffield, in April, stabbing her up to 40 times.

Sheffield Crown Court heard Furusa fled the scene while witnesses tried to stop the bleeding with blankets and towels.

Furusa, from Colchester, Essex, was jailed for a minimum of 26 years having pleaded guilty to murder.

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The court heard bank-worker Ms Mahachi had been on her way to work when she was attacked.

Her mother, who was inside the house, ran into the street after hearing her daughter screaming to see Furusa lashing out at her with a knife.

Ms Mahachi was taken to hospital but died as a result of her injuries.

Furusa later handed himself in to police in Manchester, saying: "I stabbed my girlfriend and I think she's dead."

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Image caption Leigh-Anne Mahachi died as a result of multiple stab wounds, a post-mortem examination revealed

Speaking after the sentencing, Det Ch Insp Steve Ashmore said: "I cannot quite put into words the devastating impact this has had on Leigh-Anne's family.

"Her mother describes hearing her daughter taking her last breaths, something no parent should ever have to experience."

He went on to praise the "incredible compassion" of those people who came to Ms Mahachi's aid while they waited for an ambulance.

In statement, Ms Mahachi's family said they had been left "utterly devastated" by Ms Mahachi's death.

"Furusa has taken away a much-loved daughter, sister, niece and a friend from us," they said.

"We should be making cherished memories with her right now and enjoying our life together as a family."

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