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Jealous man stabs his former girlfriend 75 times in shopping center parking lot in front of 20 people because she broke up with him

By Mason White 2:18 PM February 8, 2018
Joshua Stimpson and Molly McLaren

A man stalked his former girlfriend and stabbed her to death because she broke up with him, according to police in the United Kingdom.

Chatham police said that they have arrested 26-year-old Joshua Stimpson after being accused of killing 23-year-old Molly McLaren.

Stimpson was sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of murder.

He will have to serve a minimum of 26 years before being considered for parole.

Stimpson of Wouldham High Street in Rochester admitted to killing McLaren but denied the charge of murder, claiming he was suffering from diminished responsibility and could not remember the incident or the two weeks prior.

According to the police investigation, Stimpson and McLaren met on the dating app Tinder.

The two dated for some time.

When McLaren ended the relationship, Stimpson began to stalk her.

He sent her many Facebook messages and followed her on the street, gym, and bar.

In the days before Molly’s death, Stimpson was seen buying the murder weapon, a four-inch knife, and attending the same bar as her.

On the day of the murder, Stimpson attended the same gym as McLaren and set up an exercise mat beside her.

He left shortly before 11:00 a.m. and Molly sent a message to her friends saying: “Feel like I’m looking over my shoulder all the time.”

Stimpson waited in his car and watched the entrance of the gym until she entered the parking lot of the shopping center.

He pulled over near her vehicle as she prepared to drive home.

He exited his vehicle, approached her car, pulled the door open, and lunged at her with the knife.

Stimpson stabbed her more than 75 times and caused significant injuries to her face, neck, and arms as she sat in her car.

Dozens of people witnessed the attack and one man tried to intervene by shouting, hitting the hood of the car, and pulling at Stimpson’s leg.

Emergency services arrived within minutes and tried desperately to save Molly’s life.

However, she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers arrested Stimpson at the scene.

A box cutter and a pickaxe were found in his car.

A jury found Stimpson guilty of murder, following a two-week trial at the Maidstone Crown Court.

He was sentenced later that afternoon.