A jealous lover flew 4,000 miles to murder his former girlfriend after seeing a photograph of her on Facebook with another man.
Paul Bristol, 25, travelled from Trinidad to England to confront Camille Mathurasingh after he saw the picture of the 27-year-old with her new lover.
He stabbed the accountant 20 times at her home in Bow, east London, before cutting himself and crashing her car last April. Yesterday he was sentenced to life imprisonment and told he must serve a minimum of 22 years. Judge Timothy Pontius told him: "Clearly you were eaten up by jealousy."
Bristol, an IT technician, had denied murder, claiming manslaughter through provocation. But it took an Old Bailey jury only an hour to convict him on Friday. The court heard that Bristol had met Ms Mathurasingh when she went to work for auditors PricewaterhouseCoopers in Port of Spain, Trinidad, between 2005 and 2008.
The pair had continued the relationship via email and telephone calls when she returned to London. But Ms Mathurasingh had doubts about their future and eventually started seeing another man, Besim Haxhia. When Bristol saw pictures of them together on Facebook, he flew to London to try to salvage the relationship. When she rejected him, he killed her.
Judge Pontius said: "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."Reuse content