A father who stabbed the mother of his two-year-old son to death on a Sheffield street has been jailed for life - and told he must serve at least 28 years behind bars.
Jurors took less than an hour to return a unanimous verdict in the trial of Erhan Mehmedov, aged 45, at Sheffield Crown Court this morning.
Former shop owner and chef Mehmedov, who was born in Bulgaria but spent most of his life in Turkey, stabbed Dimitrina Borisova to death in broad daylight outside their home in Blackstock Road, Gleadless Valley in February.
Shocked residents watched in horror as he pulled a knife from the waistband of his trousers and stabbed her 17 times after she won the right to have custody of their two year old son overnight.
The pair met in Wales and later moved to Sheffield to start a new life together.
But they split when Mehmedov turned violent towards her and were caught up in a bitter custody row over their son at the time of the murder.
Mehemdov had admitted manslaughter but denied murder.
Senior investigating officer temporary detective superintendent Philip Etheridge said: “The jury today convicted Erhan Mehmedov for Dimitrina’s murder after hearing evidence from many local people and significantly, Dimitrina’s family from Bulgaria, who assisted the police in the investigation.
“I personally would like to pay tribute to the bravery of a number of local residents in Blackstock Road.
“The way the community of Gleadless responded to the incident and pulled together after the incident, can only be described as admirable, a fact alluded to by Dimitrina’s family when they visited the area earlier this year.
“Dimitrina’s family will now try to move on with their lives and come to terms with never seeing her again.
“Her children will grow up without the support and guidance of the person they knew as their mother.”
See tomorrow’s Star for the full report.