Man sentenced to life for ‘savage’ murder of woman who refused to have sex with him

A Leeds man stabbed a young woman to death in an “explosive rage” after she refused to have sex with him.


Karar, 29, has been jailed for life after he stabbed Jodi Miller, 21, with a kitchen knife 15 times to the head and body to “teach her a lesson” after she repeatedly rejected his sexual advances in a Leeds flat.


The drug-fueled attack took place on February 26, 2019, in the presence of a 15-year-old schoolboy. The attack was so vicious that it broke the murder weapon into three pieces. It took place at the home of a friend of Miss Miller where she would often meet with a group.


According to Metro UK, Karar, who lived in the flat above with Abdi Dhoobe, was on the “periphery” of the group and began pestering Miss Miller for sex in the days leading up to the violence, Leeds Crown Court heard.


Prosecuting, Jason Pitter QC, said: “He was becoming increasingly desperate, frustrated and ultimately angry in his efforts, even offering her money to do so.


Miss Miller was understandably having none of it and displayed no interest in the defendant whatsoever.”


On February 26, a fight broke out in the basement flat as others warned Karar to leave her alone, saying she was “not that type of person”.


CCTV footage showed Karar leave and come back to the flat several times, before arming himself with a kitchen knife from his own home and returning to kill his victim.


Mr Pitter said: “He was so enraged and frustrated by her rejection that he decided, in his mind, to teach her a lesson. To confront her and ultimately kill her.”


Miss Miller attempted to flee the property, but was tripped up by Karar, who told police he stabbed her because she had slapped him.


At one point, Karar, who was an asylum seeker who had come to the UK from Sudan four years ago to escape political persecution, paused the violence to kick his victim and call her a “prostitute”.


Mr Dhoobe, another man and a 15-year-old boy attempted to help but failed to save Miss Miller, who died in hospital following the three-minute attack.


After the attack, Karar warned the eyewitnesses and threatened to kill them if they “snitch”.


Sentencing Karar, Judge Rodney Jameson QC said: “There appears to have been something of a break in your attack before you kicked her, calling her a prostitute. There is a bitter irony in that. You attacked her precisely because she was not prepared to act in that way, which is what you were demanding.”


Karar was given a life sentence after pleading guilty to murder yesterday. He must serve a minimum of 25 years in prison.

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