Illegal immigrant jailed for murdering partner

Tue, 11/12/2012 - 20:00
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An illegal immigrant who murdered a young mother has today been jailed.
Shola Kabir Adebiyi (17/12/1974) of Cumbrae Gardens, Weaste, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to the murder of his partner Esther Arogundade, 32.

He was today, Tuesday 11 December 2012, sentenced to life in prison.

He was ordered to serve a minimum of 20 years and six months in prison.

At around 6.40pm on Tuesday 26 June 2012, police were called to a house on Cumbrae Gardens, Weaste following reports a woman had received serious injuries.

On arrival, officers discovered Esther had received stab wounds.

The emergency services tried to revive her but sadly she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Adebiyi and Esther had been in a relationship since 2007 and had a young child together.

In March 2012, Esher started a relationship with another man.

While visiting family abroad, this man received a phone call, believed to be from Adebiyi, stating he had paid someone to kill him and that he should not return to the UK.

He told Esther about the call and she spoke to Adebiyi but he denied it.

The man then returned to the UK and resumed the relationship with Esther.

On Monday 25 June 2012, Adebiyi went to his workplace in the city centre, where he worked as a kitchen porter.

He disappeared from work for two hours, didn’t explain where he had been and then cleared out his locker.

At 9am the next morning, Adebiyi called their usual childminder and arranged to drop of his daughter in an unscheduled arrangement.

When he met her she later described Adebiyi as looking dirty and untidy.

Later that morning, Adebiyi called the man Esther was having a relationship with and told him he would never see her again.

He then called a friend and confessed he had killed Esther, claiming it had happened during a fight.

The friend went to Cumbrae Gardens and saw Adebiyi emerge from the house wearing a blood-stained t-shirt and holding a large black-handled knife.

He saw him throw the knife into some nearby bushes before going back into the house.

Police were called and Adebiyi was arrested on suspicion of murder.

A Home Office post-mortem examination revealed she died as a result of stab wounds.

Senior investigator Andrew Tattersall said: “The biggest tragedy here is that a young girl has now been deprived of both her parents.

“Her mother was taken from her in a vengeful, violent attack and no sentence today can bring her back.

“I can only hope that today’s proceedings help her family come to terms with their terrible loss.”

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