Killer is locked up for over 17 years

'Sadistic': Ashtiaq Asghar
'Sadistic': Ashtiaq Asghar
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A MURDERER who fatally stabbed his lover before pushing her into a canal in a ‘sadistic’ killing has been locked up for more than 17 years.

Ashtiaq Asghar, aged 18, knifed 17-year-old mum Laura Wilson, whose body was pulled from the water near Steel Street, Rotherham, two days after she was reported missing.

South Yorkshire Police at Rotherham Canal near Steel Street where they have found items belonging to missing girl Laura Mary Wilson. A tent at the scene where the items were found

South Yorkshire Police at Rotherham Canal near Steel Street where they have found items belonging to missing girl Laura Mary Wilson. A tent at the scene where the items were found

Sheffield Crown Court heard Laura had been lured to the canal, where Asghar intended to ‘punish’ her for telling his relatives about their relationship.

The judge, Lord Justice Davis, said the ‘brave girl’ stood up to her attacker before he became ‘extremely angry’ and stabbed her repeatedly.

She was left screaming for her life in the canal as Asghar used the tip of the blade to keep her underwater.

Asghar, of Holmes Lane, Holmes, admitted the killing, while Ishaq Hussain, 22, of Ferham Road, Holmes, was acquitted by jurors of murder.

'Brave girl': Laura Wilson

'Brave girl': Laura Wilson

But Lord Justice Davis said he was sure there was a ‘plan’ between the pair, initiated by Asghar, who sent a text message saying he was ‘getting his hit list out’.

“You both went to slap Laura up because of the trouble she was bringing to the doors of your respective family homes,” the judge said.

“This was simply an exercise in punishment.”

Laura had been in sexual relationships with both men, and had a brief affair with married Hussain resulting in her daughter’s birth four months before the murder.

The judge continued: “Ishaq Hussain seems to have regarded white girls simply as sexual targets.

“He doesn’t seem to treat them as human beings at all. I think you got yourself into that mindset too.”

He told Asghar: “You got extremely angry, you pulled out the knife and then stabbed her many times. You didn’t stop until you killed her.

“The prod wounds to her head were to stop her getting out of the canal.

“You intended to finish her off.”

The judge said Asghar pleaded guilty halfway through his trial, once he recognised the ‘overwhelming strength’ of the prosecution case.

“Knives are dangerous - people like you who carry them are prepared to use them any time it suits,” he told the killer.

Det Supt Mick Mason, from South Yorkshire Police, said he was satisfied with the long sentence.

“We’re just happy for the family that it’s now all over,” he said.

“It was a sadistic attack on a young girl. The last moments of Laura’s life must have been terrifying.

“Laura’s family are clearly extremely upset, but with Christmas coming up they’re now focusing on Laura’s young child.”

The judge sentenced Asghar to detention at Her Majesty’s pleasure for a minimum of 17-and-a-half years.

Had he been over 18 when he committed the murder, the minimum term would have been 25 years.