Wednesday, 3 January 2007

The Murder of Kimberley Fuller

On 5 November 2005, 19-year-old Kimberley Fuller was murdered in Rotherham, south Yorkshire.

Mohammed Ashan was out with his pals celebrating the Muslim Festival of Eid. When he passed Kimberley on the stairs of the Escape nighclub, he squeezed her behind and she turned on him. When she demanded to know if he had groped her, according to fellow clubber, 15-year-old Imogen Theaker, Ashan replied:

"Why would I touch your arse, you fat bastard?"
Imogen continued:

"People all started on the lad for calling her a fat bastard. I don't know who pushed who first. It was between Kimberly and the Asian lad. We thought he had punched her and then we realised she had been stabbed."
Ashan had stabbed Kimberley in the neck because he didn't appreciate being told off.

She was rushed to Rotherham General Hospital after the attack but was pronounced dead on arrival. Ashan left the club and went on to another, where he and his friends carried on as if nothing had happened.

At the time of his arrest, Ahsan was asked to explain the scratch marks on his face his face. He described the girl who did it as 'a bitch and a slapper.'

When the police told him he was being arrested on suspicion of murder, Ahsan replied:

"Murder, f***ing murder, it was me who was attacked!"
Jeremy Baker QC, prosecuting, said, during several police interviews, Ashan denied everything but, after forensic evidence matched Kimberly's DNA to his bloodstained clothing and knife, he pleaded self-defence.

After a week-long trial, where the jury was informed that Ashan had attacked women before, they clearly weren't too impressed with the self-defence thing because they were out of the room for no more than thirty minutes before they brought in a guilty verdict.

Ashan was sentenced to life imprisonment with a recommendation that he serve at least 19 years.

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