Council head's murderer given life sentence
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Communities and also in Legal
A man who stabbed his girlfriend to death with a Swiss Army knife when she tried to end their relationship has been jailed for life.
Jealous Jonathan Tebbs stabbed partner Kate Dixon 29 times with a pocket knife after she moved to break up their 12-year relationship in June last year.
Jurors at Tebbs' trial hear that Ms Dixon, who was joint head of strategy at Islington Council, had told friends that she was frightened of her partner and that he intimidated her.
Tebbs denied that he was aggressive or possessive towards his girlfriend and pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.
But the jury at Southwark Crown Court did believe Tebbs and he was found guilty of murder.
After killing Ms Dixon, Tebbs carried the body into the shower to wash the blood off of it.
Detective inspector Louise Knipe, homicide and major crime command, said: "What was clear to us throughout this investigation was that Kate Dixon had finally summoned the courage she needed to leave Tebbs.
"However, he was of the mindset that if he couldn't have her, no one else would. He wouldn't allow her to leave and he made sure of that by brutally stabbing her to death.