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Man jailed for murdering ex-lover
Rana Faruqui
Rana Faruqui managed to call 999 before her death
The obsessive ex-lover of a horsewoman has been jailed for life for her "vicious and sadistic murder" in a paddock near her horse stables.

Stephen Griffiths pleaded guilty to stabbing Rana Faruqui, 35, in the attack near Jennings Farm at Burnham, Bucks in August 2003.

Griffiths had pleaded guilty to the crime at Reading Crown Court last week.

He will serve at least 11 years before being considered for parole, Mr Justice Silber stated on Monday.

Miss Faruqui, a business analyst who worked at the High Wycombe-based Hyundai Car (UK) Limited, was an accomplished horsewoman.

Stalking

Her death followed a campaign of stalking and harassment after she had thrown Griffiths out of their home in Farnham Common when their relationship went sour.

For a month after, Griffiths rummaged through her bins, took photographs of her house early in the morning and even posed as an official photographer to take pictures of her competing in an equestrian event at Windsor Great Park.

Joanna Glynn QC, defending, said he had not initially intended to kill Miss Faruqui on 2 August last year, but to damage her psychologically by attacking her beloved horse, Toby.

He set out for the field where she grazed her horse equipped with three knives, a truncheon, binoculars and a roll of tape in a bag.

In the boot of his car, he had stashed a crowbar, two bow saws, a chisel, an axe, rat poison, caustic soda, syringes, a catapult, a mallet, an industrial sack, rope, a box of industrial gloves and the base of a garden parasol which could be used as a weight.

999 call

A 999 operator heard Miss Faruqui pleading in vain with Griffiths moments before her death, saying: "Leave me alone, leave me alone."

The judge said he was ordering the tape of her terrified final phone call to the emergency services be passed to the parole board to bring home the horror of the attack.

The court heard that Griffiths had earlier pleaded not guilty on the basis that his mental state might enable him to claim diminished responsibility.

But the judge said there was no evidence that he suffered from any mental disorder at the time of the murder.


SEE ALSO:
Ex-lover admits horsewoman murder
10 Dec 04 |  Beds/Bucks/Herts


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