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Jealous lover jailed over London Facebook photo murder

Camille Mathurasingh
Miss Mathurasingh's family say they are left 'empty'

A man who stabbed his ex-lover to death after seeing a Facebook photo of her with a new boyfriend has been jailed for life.

The Old Bailey found Paul Bristol, 25, guilty of murdering Camille Mathurasingh, 27, in April 2009.

The IT technician, who lived in Trinidad and Tobago, flew to London within two weeks of seeing the picture and murdered the accountant.

He has been ordered to serve a minimum term of 22 years.

Bristol stabbed Ms Mathurasingh 20 times at her home in Bow, east London, before cutting himself and crashing her car.

Judge Timothy Pontius told him: "Clearly you were eaten up by jealousy."

'Huge void'

He added: "You could not accept that the life you had previously had gone.

"You were determined that no other man should replace you in her life.

"You attacked her with such repeated savagery and horrifying ferocity that it was your intention to kill her."

Judge Pontius continued: "Camille Mathurasingh was a highly intelligent and ambitious young woman - beautiful and vivacious, caring and loving.

Paul Bristol
Bristol admitted killing after being caught with bloody clothes

"Her death has left a huge and permanent void in the lives of a truly decent family."

Bristol had denied murder, claiming it was an act of manslaughter through provocation.

He first met Miss Mathurasingh while she worked for accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers in Port of Spain, Trinidad.

Their relationship continued through emails and telephone calls after she returned to the UK in 2008.

But last year she began having doubts about their future and decided to go out with new boyfriend Besim Haxhia.

Simon Denison QC, prosecuting, had earlier told the court: "It would appear she tried to bring about the end of her relationship with this defendant gently and did not tell him about her new boyfriend.

Bloodied clothes

"He found out when he saw pictures of them together on Facebook.

"He could not accept it was over and he decided to come here to see if he could win her back."

Bristol was caught by police after a chase on foot following a collision between his car and a black cab in east London.

When stopped he had blood over his face and clothes and admitted killing his girlfriend.

Following the guilty verdict, the victim's mother Indra Mathurasingh said: "Justice has been served for Camille. She was snatched from us and we are empty without her."

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