A soldier who was highly enraged that his girlfriend dumped him for another man, has expressed his anger in a most tragic manner.
The soldier, Josphat Mutekedza, ‘laid in wait’ before repeatedly stabbing his former girlfriend to death in the frenzied attack.
The man has however been sentenced to 26 years in jail.
According to Mirror UK, Josphat Mutekedza broke into the home of nurse Miriam Nyazema, 37, in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, in July last year, a court heard.
When she returned home with a male friend, an enraged Mutekedza grabbed her around the neck before threatening her with an imitation gun, the hearing was told.
A jury heard that a scuffle followed which culminated in powerfully-built soldier stabbing the Zimbabwean-born 23 times in the face, head and chest.
He attacked her with such ferocity that the blade snapped and was left protruding from her back, reports Manchester Evening News.
Mutekedza, 36, admitted killing care home nurse Miriam, but denied murder, and claimed that he was acting in self-defence.
Miriam Nyazema was killed in her home in July last year
He told the trial Miriam pinned him to the floor of the kitchen during a fight, but he managed to sit up and pull a knife from a drawer before stabbing her.
He said: “I was just trying to get anything. I was on the floor and there was two of them. That’s when I stabbed Miriam. I don’t remember stabbing her more than once.”
As Miss Nyazema lay dying in a neighbour’s garden with the blade still lodged in her back, Mutekedza battered her around the head with a stool shouting: “She’s caused this mess. I can’t believe what she’s done to me, it’s all her fault.”
He was also seen waving a handgun and called police saying: “She’s been cheating on me – sleeping with another man. Where’s that man, I’m going to f****** kill him.”
But a jury at Bolton Crown Court took just one hour to find him guilty of murder.
The trial heard how Mutekedza, was originally from Zimbabwae and a private in the Territorial Army.
A picture taken from his Facebook page shows him in army uniform brandishing a large knife. He had made two 999 calls from the scene telling the operators ‘I stabbed someone’ and ‘she was cheating on me’.
Police on Shawclough Way following the attack of Miriam Nyazema
He was arrested at the scene in a blood covered white shirt.
The attack happened as Jacob Chigombe watched on in horror.
Prosecutors say that he and the nurse had an embarked on a new relationship following her split with Mutekedza.
However giving evidence via videolink from Zimbabwe, Mr Chigombe had denied that the pair had been in a relationship.
Miriam worked at Shaw Side care home, a Bupa-run home in the Shaw area of Oldham, where he had been a member of staff there since 2002.
Passing sentence Judge Timothy Clayson told Mutekedza: “This was a sustained, savage and brutal attack planned by you as you waited in Miriams house.
“You ambushed Miriam and Jacob giving them no warning and little chance to flee. Your reason was that in your view Miriam had been cheating on you and was sleeping with another man.
“It is clear you had formed a deep attachment to her and that you hoped one day to marry her.”