The murder trial of a British man accused of stabbing his ex-girlfriend dozens of times in a fatal attack ended with a conviction and a life sentence for 26-year-old Joshua Stimpson.
According to the New York Post, Stimpson stabbed 23-year-old Molly McLaren as she sat in her car outside of a retail center in Southeastern England.
Though the defendant attempted to plead guilty to a lesser charge of manslaughter, a jury took a tough approach after hearing testimony in the two-week trial.
The couple reportedly met through a dating app and began seeing each other a few months later. When they broke up about four months after that, he allegedly began stalking and threatening her as well as posting negative comments about her online.
On the day of McLaren’s death, a witness described what looked “like a frenzy” as Stimpson stabbed her repeatedly in her head and neck.
The witness reportedly attempted to slam his leg in the door to stop him, but the attack continued after Stimpson closed the door.
During the sentencing phase, Judge Adele Williams weighed in from the bench with some harsh commentary aimed at Stimpson.
“You have shown no remorse for killing Molly,” she said. “You are concerned only with yourself and your own feelings. You have a narcissistic personality trait, and I am sure you are not suffering from a personality disorder, having heard the psychiatric evidence.”
The judge went on to eulogize the victim and offer condolences to her loved ones.
“She was 23 years old, beautiful and intelligent,” Williams said. “She was a second-year student at the University of Kent. She had her whole life in front of her. She was loved and a much-loving daughter, family member and friend to many.”
She described the emotions felt by McLaren’s family as “immeasurable,” adding that no sentence she could impose against Stimpson “can deal with that grief and loss.”
[Featured image: Joshua Stimpson with Molly McLaren/Facebook]