Club row girl, aged 19 'stabbed in the neck'

A TRAGIC South Yorkshire teenager was stabbed to death just hours after telling her mum "stop worrying" as she left the family home to celebrate a friend's birthday.

Kimberly Fuller, aged 19, collapsed and died from severe blood loss after being knifed in the neck when trouble flared at Escape nightclub, in Ship Hill, Rotherham town centre, Sheffield Crown Court heard.

Hours earlier Kimberly had told her mum Patricia Howse not to worry as she left their home in Birch Tree Road, Thorpe Hesley. It was the last time Patricia saw Kimberly alive.

Mohammed Ashan, of Finlay Road, Eastwood, Rotherham, is alleged to have stabbed her in her neck after she confronted him for pinching her bottom. He denies murder.

Kimberly was among a group of 22 women celebrating a friend's birthday. Ashan was out with friends celebrating the Muslim Festival of Eid. Trouble erupted after Ashan denied touching Kimberly and made a derogatory remark about her weight as they were walking down stairs to leave the club at the end of the night, the court heard.

Kimberly had been bullied about her weight in the past and she had been trying to lose weight, the court was told.

Witness Imogen Theaker, who was part of the group of women out with Kimberly, told the court: "He made a comment about Kimberly being fat. She was more upset because she was dieting and said she only had two pounds to lose to reach her target."

Ms Theaker said Ashan had appeared "cocky and sarcastic" before the attack and that he had "seemed angry already".

Prosecutor Jeremy Baker said Ashan used a punching action to stab the young care worker with a knife he was carrying and that nobody had realised the seriousness of the attack until Kimblerly collapsed through severe blood loss.

She was given first aid at the club, but died in hospital.An artery in her neck had been severed.

Mr Baker claimed Ashan initially denied any involvement and when people asked him about scratch marks on his face he gave a number of different explanations.

But Mr Baker said Ashan had since changed his account and was now expected to admit he was involved in a physical confrontation with Kimberly but that "the use of any knife was an act of self defence".