Man jailed for murder in Bournemouth

|News, Violent crime

A man who attacked and killed a woman while she slept has been sentenced at Winchester Crown Court to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 22 years and 6 months for her murder.

Ryan Thornton, 20, murdered Stela Domador-Kuzma, 34, after he returned home from a night out celebrating his birthday.

On 8 July, in the early hours of the morning, police were called to an incident near Richmond Gardens by members of the public who had found Thornton with a stab wound to his knee and cuts to his fingers. He claimed that he had been a victim of a robbery. When he was questioned, the police officers became suspicious and concerned that he was not telling the truth. They decided to go to his home, having grave concerns for the occupants of his flat. When the officers entered the flat and the room belonging to Ms Domador-Kuzma, they found her body. She had been stabbed a number of times.

Thornton was sentenced on 30 November.

Bernadette Kearney from the CPS said: “Stela Domadord-Kuzma had only been living at the property for a very short time and had not even spoken to Thornton. In the early hours of 8 July, he entered her bedroom while she was asleep and carried out the brutal attack.

“The CPS presented a strong case to the court to include witness and expert evidence. This resulted in Thornton entering a guilty plea which prevented the need for a trial.

“Thornton has taken the life of a young woman who lived it to the full. He has left her mother and her family and friends completely devastated. My thoughts are with them at this difficult and upsetting time.”

Thornton also pleaded guilty to 11 charges of possessing indecent images of children at Poole Magistrates' Court at an earlier hearing and has received a sentence of 8 months in respect of these charges.

Notes to editors

  • Bernadette Kearney is a Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS Wessex
  • Ryan Thornton (DOB 07/07/1998) pleaded guilty to one count of murder at Winchester Crown Court and 11 charges of possessing indecent images of a child at Poole Magistrates Court.

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