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Zakaria Mohamed jailed over Amina Adan's murder

Amina Adan,
Image caption Amina Adan was an Al Jazeera television recruitment consultant

A man has been jailed for at least 26 years for murder after stabbing his girlfriend 57 times.

Zakaria Mohamed, 29, was on probation when he killed Al Jazeera television recruitment consultant Amina Adan, 32, after assaulting her twice before.

Miss Adan, from south London, suffered a year of domestic violence after meeting Mohamed, of Alberta Street, Peckham, south-east London.

Mohamed pleaded guilty to murder at the Old Bailey.

Magistrates had delayed sentencing the Somalian refugee over the previous assaults so he could take part in a domestic abuse programme.

'Savage attack'

He killed her with three knives and shards of glass from a broken mirror before the counselling sessions were implemented, the court heard.

Judge Anthony Morris said he did not know why the sessions were not prioritised before Mohamed served an unpaid work element of a community order.

Mohamed dragged Miss Adan down the stairs by the hair, beat her unconscious, kicked and stamped on her and began to stab her.

After police arrived, Mohamed threatened to kill them and had to be subdued with a Taser gun.

Miss Adan, who was brought up in Kenya, was described as being popular and hard working.

Her sister, Hanan, said in a statement: "We will probably never know why he could possibly act in this way to another human being. It is something we will never forgive or forget."

Judge Morris told Mohamed: "You are a controlling and domineering man and Amina was frightened of you and you sought to control her with violence.

"This was a savage, brutal, sustained and premeditated attack in which you clearly intended to kill."

Mohamed had been in breach of a community order and a deferred sentence at the time.

'No remorse'

He came to the UK on a forged Dutch passport in 2002.

Image caption Zakaria Mohamed has been jailed for a minimum of 26 years

His request for asylum was turned down but he was given indefinite leave to remain in 2007 under an amnesty.

In April 2011, he pleaded guilty to battery on Miss Adan and was placed on a community order which included a domestic abuse programme.

In May, 2011, he punched Miss Adan in the stomach and went on the run before being arrested in July.

In September, he was convicted of the assault and on 20 October, of breaching the order.

On 20 October, Camberwell Green magistrates deferred a likely prison sentence until 20 January this year, so he could take part in the domestic abuse programme.

Det Ch Insp Charles King said: "Zakaria Mohamed launched the most violent of attacks on Amina Adan, his girlfriend whom he had already subjected to domestic violence during their relationship.

"Mohamed showed no remorse for his actions and declined to speak during his police interviews."

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