The heartbroken relatives of a murdered mother who moved to Sheffield ‘for a better life’ have spoken of their grief after her killer was jailed for 28 years.
Erhan Mehmedov, aged 45, was given a life term and told he must serve at least 28 years behind bars after he was found guilty of murdering Dimitrina Borisova – his ex-partner and the mother of their two-year-old son – by a jury at Sheffield Crown Court.
Dimitrina, originally from Bulgaria, was stabbed 17 times in a horrific broad daylight attack on Blackstock Road, Gleadless Valley, in February, as shocked residents watched helplessly.
The night before the killing Mehmedov told his mother he was planning to stab Dimitrina to death after she won overnight custody of their son.
The killing was described by a pathologist in court as a ‘prolonged and forceful’ attack.
Dimitrina, aged 46, left Mehmedov last December after he became violent towards her and began court proceedings to gain full time custody of the toddler.
Mehmedov, a Bulgaria-born former chef, who lived in Turkey for most of his life before moving to the UK, remained composed as he was sentenced.
Jailing him, Mr Justice Teare said: “It is clear that the steps Dimitrina was taking in the county court annoyed you.
“You took your mother and son with you and when Dimitrina arrived, you attacked her with a knife which you had taken from your home for that purpose.”
Her family in Bulgaria were too distressed to attend the trial, but paid tribute to their ‘loving, kind and beautiful’ mother and daughter.
Detective superintendent Philip Etheridge from South Yorkshire Police, said: “Dimitrina’s family will now try to move on with their lives. Her children will grow up without the support and guidance of the person they knew as their mother.”
Family tribute to murdered mother
The statement from Dimitrina’s family in Bulgaria read: “Dimitrina was a loving, kind and beautiful mother and daughter.
“Today, her child and an older son will grow up with only memories and photographs.
“The opportunity of making more memories was suddenly and cruelly cut short and we may never know the true reason why, as she is not here to tell us.
“We have not wished to sit through the trial. The defendant has failed to ease our misery by continuing to lie and not admit to her murder.
“We wish to pay particular thanks to witnesses who have come forward and given evidence in this trial and the community of Gleadless.
“Dimitrina came to the UK intent on finding a better life for herself and her family, she will never be able to fulfil this ambition. We are pleased with the verdict but this will never bring back the smiley and bubbly person who’ll forever be missed.”