A man who murdered his former partner in her home in Highfields has been sentenced today.
Hafiz Sharifi, 30, appeared at Leicester Crown Court today (Friday 21 February), where he was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 17 years.
The court had heard how Sharifi had stabbed Suvekshya Burathoki – known as Fatima – multiple times at her home in Bartholomew Street, as her children watched in horror.
After leaving the scene on foot, Sharifi was traced to an address in Coventry, where two days later he was arrested on suspicion of her murder.
On 24 January, Sharifi appeared at Leicester Crown Court and admitted killing Fatima.
On the day of his arrest, he was with 30-year-old Mukhdar Sharif and a 34-year-old woman, who were both arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.
The woman was later released with no further action, but Sharif was charged with assisting an offender.
This afternoon, Sharif was also found guilty of the offence and jailed for two-and-a-half years.
The investigation found Sharif had harboured Sharifi at two different addresses in Coventry, while also giving him access to a different mobile phone. Sharif also provided Sharifi with a jacket – to replace a hoody he was previously wearing.
Commenting on the sentencing of Sharifi, Detective Inspector Mark Sinski said: “I hope today’s sentencing can bring some closure to Fatima’s family, friends and loved ones.”
“Sharifi eventually took responsibility for his actions – despite going into hiding immediately after he killed Fatima, he admitted his crimes.”
“He is now facing a lengthy prison sentence, where I can only hope he takes time to reflect on his actions and the pain, agony and sorrow he has caused to those who knew her.”
DI Sinski, who was the senior investigating officer, also hopes that the sentence given to Sharif will serve as a warning that anyone who helps a criminal will also be pursued and prosecuted.
He added: “We initially made contact with Sharif on 9 October, asking him whether he knew of Sharifi’s whereabouts. He told us he’d be in touch if he heard from him.”
“But we didn’t hear anything further from him. When Sharifi was found – and arrested – Sharif was with him. We found that they’d been calling and texting one another prior to meeting up in Coventry.”
“I hope his conviction serves as a warning to anyone who tries to help those wanted by police. We will look to prosecute and bring all parties involved to justice.”