A man who decapitated his teenage girlfriend with a kitchen knife in Sheffield has been jailed for a minimum of 20 years after being found guilty of her murder.
Aras Hussein, aged 21, was convicted by a jury at Sheffield Crown Court this morning of murdering 18-year-old Sheffield College student Reema Ramzan.
He cut off her head while she was still alive in his flat in Herries Road, Shirecliffe, last June, then stabbed himself in the chest and ran naked into the street, covered in blood.
The Judge Mrs Justice Cox said: “It was a chilling and brutal attack. The force used to decapitate Reema would have been severe and sustained.”
She described Reema as a ‘dearly loved daughter and sister’ and a ‘happy, kind and caring young woman who had everything to live for’.
VIDEO: Press the play button to watch a family statement read by police outside the court.
Hussein’s lawyers argued he was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia, and he had admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.
But jurors found him guilty of murder.
The prosecution said Iraq-born Hussein, who came to Sheffield as an asylum seeker, had displayed a ‘propensity for violence’ towards Reema.
He had previously blackmailed his girlfriend by taking sexual photographs of her and threatening to share them with her family in Darnall if she broke up with him.
Hussein was given a life sentence and must serve a minimum of 20 years.
See The Star tomorrow for interviews and background.