26 JANUARY 2020 I Police in the UK say former partner of Suvekshya Burathoki has admitted killing the mother of three at her Leicester home sparing the stab-victim’s near and dear ones of what would have been difficult and painful court proceedings.
Ms Burathoki, also known as Fatima, was stabbed multiple times at the Bartholomew Street property, it is understood, in front of her horrified two sons and one daughter. Police had attended her address in the morning of 8 October last year following report of violence.
Based on eyewitness accounts, officers from Leicestershire Police had quickly established that Ms Burathoki’s former partner Hafiz Sharifi was the person responsible for the horrific crime.
The 29-year-old suspected killer had made off from the scene on foot and his whereabouts remained unknown for two days until police detectives traced him to an address in Coventry and arrested him on suspicion of Fatima’s murder.
Mr Sharifi, with no fixed addressed, has now admitted killer her in what appears to be an alcohol and cocaine-fuelled rage. He confessed to the horrific stabbing at the Leicester Crown Court last Friday, police said.
Detective Inspector Mark Sinski, from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit major crime team, has expressed that the victim’s family can take some comfort from the fact he has today pleaded guilty to her murder. “It also means those who were due to give evidence in what would undoubtedly have been an emotional trial, will not have to do so,” Detective Inspector Sinski, who was senior investigating officer on the case, said on Friday.
Mr Sinski said the mother of three was well-known and incredibly well-liked by those who knew her in the Bartholomew neighbourhood and that the horrific stabbing incident had badly shaken those who knew the victim, “This was a brutal, violent murder that left the residents of what is a tightly-knit street in shock.”
“Sharifi was unable to face up to his actions – he knew he was wanted – and tried to go into hiding. We were concerned that he might have tried to leave the country, but it is a credit to the team involved in this murder investigation that we were able to find him in Coventry and arrest him,” the senior detective remarked.
Sharifi will be sentenced at Leicester Crown Court on Friday 21 February.