A man has received life in prison for violently attacking his ex-girlfriend and fatally stabbing her 75 times. As the New York Post shared, Joshua Stimpson of Kent, England, murdered his 23-year-old ex, Molly McLaren.
"You are supremely selfish and callous. You planned this killing," said the judge during sentencing. “She was 23 years old, beautiful and intelligent. She was a second-year student at the University of Kent. She had her whole life in front of her. She was loved and a much loving daughter, family member and friend to many. She is mourned by a large number of people. Their loss and grief is immeasurable, and nothing I can say or any sentence I can pass can deal with that grief and loss."
McLaren broke off her four-month relationship with 26-year-old Stimpson, which apparently triggered his anger. He initially posted negative comments and photos about her on social media. This escalated to him following her to a bar and to her job at a gym. She told her mother about him following her. As The Guardian reported, police warned Stimpson twice to leave his ex alone.
The attack occurred in a shopping center parking lot in June 2017. Stimpson stabbed his ex-girlfriend multiple times in the head and neck while she was in her car. A witness said the attack was “like a frenzy.”
Stimpson was caught on surveillance cameras buying a Subatier paring knife, which was the weapon he used to kill McLaren. It was later found in her car. He admitted to manslaughter, but claimed that he had diminished mental capacity. He also told the court that he was bipolar. Two doctors gave conflicting conclusions to that defense during the trial, reported the New York Post.
The judge, Adele Williams, did not agree with that argument. She blasted Stimpson for his actions and for not showing remorse for the attack.
"You have shown no remorse for killing Molly. You are concerned only with yourself and your own feelings. You have a narcissistic personality trait, and I am sure you are not suffering from a personality disorder, having heard the psychiatric evidence," she said.
The couple first met through the dating app Tinder in July 2016. They began officially dating in November and broke up in March 2017.
Crime Time is your destination for true crime stories from around the world, breaking crime news, and information about Oxgen's original true crime shows and documentaries. Sign up for our Crime Time Newsletter and subscribe to our true crime podcast Martinis & Murder for all the best true crime content.