A man who severed the head of his girlfriend “while she was still alive” has been jailed for life.
Aras Hussein, 21, was found guilty of the murder of college student Reema Ramzan at his home in Sheffield in June 2013.
The couple had been in a relationship that Reema’s family “wasn’t keen on” for several months and Hussein had been violent towards 18-year-old Reema on a number of previous occasions.
Reema’s body was found with her head decapitated and in the kitchen of the flat owned by Hussein, who was born in Iraq but had claimed asylum in the UK.
According to reports Reema’s clothes were stuffed with more than £1600 in cash.
Police were called to the address on Herries Road in Sheffield on June 4 after a neighbour found Hussein, a pizza delivery driver, walking around bewildered, naked and covered in blood.
Sheffield Crown Court heard that Hussein had attacked several police officers as well as medics at a hospital he was taken to soon after he was discovered.
Weeks earlier he had been reported to police by Reema’s brother after he threatened to make public several intimate mobile phone photographs he had taken of the young student who had been studying health and social care at Sheffield City College at the time of her death.
Forensics experts had found several defence wounds on her hands and forearms.
The experts also concluded that Reema was “still alive” as Hussein began severing her head.
Hussein had pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of “diminished responsibility” but was jailed for a minimum 20 years.