An asylum seeker who savagely murdered a 21-year-old woman in an ‘explosive rage’ after she refused to have sex with him has been jailed for life.
Karar Ali Karar stabbed Jodi Miller with a kitchen knife 15 times to the head and body after she rejected his repeated sexual advances at a flat in Leeds.
The 29-year-old Sudanese national carried out the drug-fuelled attack in front of a 15-year-old schoolboy and two other men on February 26.
He had come to the UK four years ago to escape political persecution, his defence claimed.
Leeds Crown Court heard one of the knife blows went through her chest and caused her death, while the murder weapon split into three pieces during the assault.
Karar Ali Karar (left) stabbed Jodi Miller (right) with a kitchen knife 15 times to the head and body after she rejected his repeated sexual advances at a flat in Leeds
The attack happened at the home of Abdi Dhoobe, a friend of Miss Miller, while Karar lived in the flat above.
Prosecuting, Jason Pitter said Miss Miller was among a group of friends who would often meet at the flat and Karar would occasionally visit.
The court heard Karar began pestering Miss Miller for sex in the days leading up to the attack.
Mr Pitter added: ‘He was becoming increasingly desperate, frustrated and ultimately angry in his efforts, even offering her money to do so.
‘Miss Miller was understandably having none of it and displayed no interest in the defendant whatsoever.’
The court heard a fight broke out at one stage as others in the flat told Karar to leave her alone.
Mr Pitter said: ‘They said she was not that type of person.’
CCTV footage showed Karar leave the flat and return on a number of occasions.
The 29-year-old Sudanese national carried out the drug-fuelled attack in front of a 15-year-old schoolboy and two other men on February 26
He armed himself with a kitchen knife from his own property before returning and carrying out the attack.
Mr Pitter said: ‘He was so enraged and frustrated by her rejection that he decided, in his mind, to teach her a lesson. To confront her and ultimately kill her.’
Miss Miller tried to flee the basement flat in Leeds, West Yorkshire, as she was attacked, but Karar tripped her up as she tried to escape.
At one stage he stopped the attack, kicked her and called her a prostitute.
Earlier in the day, the court heard Karar had offered Miss Miller money for sex but she refused.
Karar was given a life sentence with a minimum term of 25 years after pleading guilty to murder yesterday shortly before he was due to go on trial.
Sentencing Karar, Judge Rodney Jameson said: ‘There appears to have been something of a break in your attack before you kicked her, calling her a prostitute.
‘There is a bitter irony in that. You attacked her precisely because she was not prepared to act in that way, which is what you were demanding.’
Mr Dhoobe, another man and a 15-year-old boy where in the flat at the time Karar carried out the attack, which lasted three minutes, and tried to stop the violence.
Karar threatened to kill them during the incident and warned them not to ‘snitch’ as he left.
The court heard the murder weapon broke into three pieces during the ferocious attack.
Mr Dhoobe called emergency services but Miss Miller was pronounced dead shortly after being taken to hospital.
Karar was arrested and told police he stabbed Miss Miller because he she had slapped him.
Mr Pitter said: ‘If she had [slapped him], that is hardly surprising. Nonetheless, it gives no justification or proper explanation for his extreme reaction.’
Simon Kealey, mitigating, said Karar had suffered some mental health problems which had been made worse by his abuse of drugs and alcohol.
Mr Kealey said: ‘He has asked through me to express to the family of Jodi Miller his apologies for his actions that day.’
Sentencing Karar, Judge Jameson said: ‘You asked her for sex. She had a partner and she was not interested in you in that way and she made that plain.
‘You reacted in explosive rage to an entirely proper refusal to engage with you sexually.
‘Her death was not immediate. Unhappily she was still conscious for a while after to say that she was dying. Her suffering and terror at that point can only be imagined.’