Life sentence to Birmingham man who murdered his pregnant girlfriend

29/09/2014

A 30-year-old man who stabbed to death his pregnant girlfriend with two kitchen knives has today been pleaded guilty at Worcester Crown Court to her murder and has been jailed to life imprisonment.

On 15 March 2014, Akeel Hussain was at the family home of the 21-year-old victim, Kirsty Wright, in Redditch where he also resided.

Throughout the day, Hussain had been taking cocaine and both he and the victim, who was 12 weeks pregnant with his baby, had a number of arguments over his use of the drug.

The argument quickly turned physical and Hussain picked up a large kitchen knife and attacked the victim, stabbing her a number of times to the body and neck.

Family members of the victim called the emergency services and Kirsty was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, however, due to the level of injuries that she had sustained, she passed away the following day.

Police officers arrested Hussain at the scene of the attack and he was later charged with murder.

Martin Lindop, Sector Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"Akeel Hussain has today been found guilty of a particularly heinous crime which resulted in the death of a young woman and that of her unborn child.

"High on cocaine, Hussain had become paranoid and began hallucinating that someone was out to get him. The victim tried to calm him down, but they ended up arguing and this then escalated in the defendant launching a frenzied attack on the victim involved two large kitchen knives.

"Despite the efforts of medical professionals, Kirsty succumbed to the multiple injuries which she had suffered at the hands of Hussain.

"Our thoughts are today with the family and friends of Kirsty Wright."