A terrified seven-year-old girl made a heart-rending 999 call to report that her mother was being stabbed to death by her ex-boyfriend.
But her mother, Rabina ‘Sharon’ Bibi, was already dead from multiple injuries by the time police and paramedics arrived at her Coventry home, a jury has heard.
Her ex-boyfriend Zakarya Rezaie, who handed himself in to a nearby police station within minutes of the killing, said he had been overcome by ‘some sort of severe madness’ after she had gone at him with a knife.
Rezaie (29) of Splott Road, Cardiff, has denied murdering 34-year-old Ms Bibi at her home in Leicester Causeway, Foleshill, Coventry, in September last year.
Ms Bibi lived with her daughter Ayesha from a marriage which had broken down some years earlier and she had met Rezaie, an asylum-seeker who is originally from Iran, while he was working at a shop in Coventry.
The court heard she had tried to end the relationship and had taken up with a man called Majid.
On September 3 Rezaie arrived at Ms Bibi’s home and she made a 999 call saying he was banging on the door and would not leave.
Five minutes later, she called again to say she had managed to speak to him through the window and he had gone but a security camera at her home picked up reflected images from a car window of a struggle between the couple.
A third 999 call soon after came from Ms Bibi’s seven-year-old daughter. She asked for the police to come because she said a man named Jackie was trying to “kill her mommy with a knife”.
Police arrived to find the little girl in the front room crying and Ms Bibi lying on the floor.
The trial continues.