Woman stabbed to death by 'demonic' ex-boyfriend who then told cops he'd 'felt like killing someone' | The Sun

A WOMAN was stabbed to death by her controlling ex-boyfriend who told police he "felt like killing someone".

Abid Mahmood barged into 36-year-old Tamby Dowling's house brandishing a knife after the pair split up months earlier.

The "demonic" 35-year-old then stabbed her eight times before hopping into a waiting taxi, MEN reports.

He chillingly told the driver: "I can hear screaming in my head, pray for me brother."

Mahmood later handed himself into police and gave them the blood-stained knife used to stab Tamby.

He has now been detained at a secure hospital after pleading guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

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Manchester Crown Court heard how Mahmood "begged" to be sectioned before the horror and suffered from "extensive" mental health problems – including a schizophrenic disorder.

The court was told the couple split in March last year due to his "escalating" mental health issues.

Before killing Tamby, Mahmood, who has previous convictions for violence and drugs offences, called her 17 times.

He turned up at her home in Oldham on November 8 and spent just two-and-a-half minutes inside.

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Paramedics and police rushed to the scene but sadly Tamby couldn't be saved and was declared dead at the scene.

Paying tribute, her sister Stacey Hawley said: "My sister was a loving, kind and caring person, and would do anything for her friends.

"To hear my father howling and crying, while my mother said Tamby is gone, is something I won't get out of my head."

While one pal described the killing as an act of "pure calculated evil".

Shalina Miah added: "Tamby was one of the most kind-hearted, fun loving, goofy people you could ever meet. She could have you in fits of laughter without even trying.

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"She truly was a beautiful, kind hearted soul. She would not hurt a fly."

Mahmood is due to be sentenced next week.

How you can get help

Women’s Aid has this advice for victims and their families:

  • Always keep your phone nearby.
  • Get in touch with charities for help, including the Women’s Aid live chat helpline and services such as SupportLine.
  • If you are in danger, call 999.
  • Familiarise yourself with the Silent Solution, reporting abuse without speaking down the phone, instead dialing “55”.
  • Always keep some money on you, including change for a pay phone or bus fare.
  • If you suspect your partner is about to attack you, try to go to a lower-risk area of the house – for example, where there is a way out and access to a telephone.
  • Avoid the kitchen and garage, where there are likely to be knives or other weapons. Avoid rooms where you might become trapped, such as the bathroom, or where you might be shut into a cupboard or other small space.

If you are a ­victim of domestic abuse, SupportLine is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm to 8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s email support ­service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – me[email protected]

Women’s Aid provides a live chat service – available weekdays from 8am-6pm and weekends 10am-6pm.

You can also call the freephone 24-hour ­National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.


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