Man admits ‘brutal, violent murder’ of ex-partner after cocaine and booze bender

A man has admitted to the 'brutal and violent' murder of his ex-partner in her home.

Hafiz Sharifi , 29, plead guilty to stabbing mum-of-three Suvekshya Burathoki at Leicester Crown Court on Friday.

Sharifi, of no fixed address, admitted to police that he had "been drinking and also taken cocaine" the night before he killed her at her home in Leicestershire.

In a statement, Leicestershire Police told how officers were called to the home at 8.30am, and were led to believe Sharifi was the person responsible for the murder by witnesses.


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The force said: "A murder investigation was launched, but it was also reported that he had made off from the scene on foot and his whereabouts were unknown.

"As a result of police enquiries, Sharifi was traced to an address in Coventry. On the afternoon of 10 October, he was arrested on suspicion of Fatima’s murder.

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

Detective Inspector Mark Sinski, senior investigating officer in the case 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.

"We were concerned that he might have tried to leave the country, but it is a credit to the team involved in this murder investigation that we were able to find him in Coventry and arrest him.

“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.”

Sharifi will be sentenced at Leicester Crown Court on Friday, February 21.

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