Jealous ex-boyfriend jailed for life after stabbing former partner to death in front of her children

A jealous ex-boyfriend who stabbed his ex-partner to death in front of her children in a cocaine and booze-fuelled rage has been jailed for life.

Hafiz Sharifi, 29, knifed Suvekshya Burathoki, 32 – known as Fatima – in her home before wiping off her blood on his three-year-old daughter's coat.

The mum-of-three, from Nepal, died from multiple stab wounds after the “brutal and violent" attack on 8 October, 2019.

Police raced to her house in Bartholomew Street, near Leicester city centre, at 8.30am but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

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

A court heard Sharifi attacked Fatima after taking a cocktail of alcohol and cocaine the night before.

After stabbing her to death in front of her children, he fled the scene on foot but was arrested two days later in Coventry.

Sharifi admitted to police he had been drinking and also taken cocaine the night before he killed her.

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.

Sharifi, of no fixed address, admitted murder at Leicester Crown Court last month and was on Friday jailed for life to serve a minimum of 17 years.

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

Co-defendant Mukhdar Sharif, 30, of Coventry, was found guilty of assisting an offender and was jailed for two-and-a-half years.

Sharif had harboured Sharifi at two different addresses in Coventry, while also giving him access to a different mobile phone.

He also provided Sharifi with a jacket to replace a hoody he was previously wearing.

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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.”

In a statement, Fatima's family said: "Today we still feel the pain of losing Fatima.

"To us, she was Bunu. She was our daughter, our sister and the mother to our grandchildren, nephews and niece.

“The pain of losing her is one that will never go away. When we were first told she had been killed, we were left feeling numb.

"We live thousands of miles away and didn’t have a chance to say goodbye. It’s something that will live with us forever.”