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Final words of Somali mum-of-two as she was stabbed to death by her husband.

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Final words of Somali mum-of-two as she was stabbed to death by her husband.




A husband who murdered his estranged wife has been jailed for life as her tragic final words were read out to the court.

Adan Dahir, 38, killed Asiyah Harris, 27, by stabbing her three times in the neck.

Just before she died the mum-of-two was heard screaming: “Adan stop, leave me alone, get off me! Please, please Adan I love you, drop the knife please!”

Another witness told the court he heard the mum-of-two saying: “Don’t kill me, I love you.”

The brutal attack was seen from the street by passersby as the former couple grappled in front of a window in the home they had shared in St Paul’s, Bristol.

Police had been called shortly before the murder to reports of a fight on August 21 at about 11pm.

Dahir spoke to police through a window and said there had been a fight between his ex-wife and his sister.

Asiyah confirmed the story, and the matter was thought to be sorted.

But just after midnight on August 22, neighbours heard more shouting.

When officers returned to the scene they found Asiyah lying in a pool of her own blood on the living room floor.

She had suffered two stab injuries to the neck, one to each side, and one of them severed an artery.

Paramedics were called but Asiyah was declared dead at the scene, and Dahir suggested to police she had caused the injuries to herself.

He told police that Asiyah brought the knife into the room and was trying to hit him with it.

He claimed he tried to pull the knife off her but she threw herself back, and he fell on top of her telling detectives: “That’s when the knife hit her neck.”

Dahir denied murder at the trial at Bristol Crown Court, but was convicted by a jury.

Asiyah and Dahir had separated some years before the murder and he had custody of the children.

But on the night of the killing the children were not in the house.

Dahir was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 16 years.

Judge Peter Blair QC said: “I have come to the inevitable conclusion that you intended to kill Asiyah. Today you will be sent to prison for life.

“Asiyah Harris was just 27 years old. We heard some lovely things said by her brother about her many talents.

A keen sportswoman, working as a translator.

“She bore you two children. Because of your murderous anger those children have lost their mother.

“We do not know what the trigger was when you killed her.”

Senior Investigating Officer DCI Gary Haskins said: “Asiyah was a loving mother-of-two with her life ahead of her and her senseless murder has destroyed the lives of her family and friends.

“Asiyah was in the process of separating from Dahir and was living with family members in Bristol at the time of her death.

“In the early hours of Tuesday August 22, Asiyah was inside her former home when she was brutally attacked by Dahir. During this attack she was stabbed three times.

“Witnesses saw the fatal attack through a window and were able to give compelling evidence in court which helped convict Dahir of murder.

“Our sympathies are with Asiyah’s family as they continue to come to terms with their loss and we’d like to thank them for supporting our inquiry.

“We’d also like to thank all the witnesses in this case and the local community.

“I’d also like to recognise the efforts of the officers who were first on the scene of this distressing incident and carried out first aid on Asiyah in very difficult and demanding circumstances.”

Asiyah’s brother Shyuab Harris, said: “As a family we are very happy with the verdict of guilty and the length of sentence imposed.

“Asiyah will be missed by all of those who knew her and we are devastated by the loss of our daughter, sister and mother.

“Her legacy will live on through her family and children.”


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