Jealous ex-boyfriend admits stabbing former partner to death in front of her children

A jealous ex-boyfriend has admitted stabbing his former partner to death in front of her children in a cocaine and booze-fuelled rage.

Hafiz Sharifi, 29, knifed Suvekshya Burathoki, 32 – known as Fatima – in her home in Leicester on October 8 last year.

Police rushed to her terraced property in Bartholomew Street, near the city centre, at 8.30am, but despite desperate attempts to save her, she was pronounced dead at the scene.

The mum-of-three, from Nepal, died from multiple stab wounds.

Hafiz Sharifi, 29, admitted killing Suvekshya Burathoki at her Leicester home (Picture: SWNS)

At the time of her death, friends said she had been looking after her two sons, aged nine and seven, and her three-year-old daughter.

After stabbing her to death Sharifi fled the scene on foot but was arrested two days later in Coventry.

He admitted to police he had been drinking and also taken cocaine the night before he killed Ms Burathoki.

On Friday Sharifi, of no fixed address, admitted murder at Leicester Crown Court.

Suvekshya Burathoki was murdered in front of her children (Picture: SWNS)

Detective Inspector Mark Sinski, from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU) major crime team, said: “This was a brutal, violent murder that left the residents of what is a tightly-knit street in shock.

“From those we have spoken to during the investigation, Fatima was well-known and incredibly well-liked by those who knew her.

“Sharifi was unable to face up to his actions – he knew he was wanted – and tried to go into hiding.”


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Det Insp Sinski added: “I hope that Fatima’s family can take some comfort from the fact he has today pleaded guilty to her murder.

“It also means those who were due to give evidence in what would undoubtedly have been an emotional trial, will not have to do so.

“My thoughts and condolences remain with Fatima’s family and loved ones.”

A friend of Ms Burathoki said: “She had the two boys from a previous relationship and the girl from her present relationship.

“She was a Tamil who converted to Islam.

"I couldn’t believe it when I heard she was dead.

“She was an amazing mum who cared for her children and fed them well.”

Sharifi was remanded in custody and will be sentenced at Leicester Crown Court on February 21.

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