June 17th, 2009, 21:01 Posted By: wraggster
A MAN from West Yorkshire who beat his ex-girlfriend to death in her home was today jailed for life after being found guilty of her murder.
Suleman Khan, 24, stamped on Amy Booth's head with such force that the soles of his trainers left an imprint on her face, Bradford Crown Court heard.
He made off with a flat screen television and a Nintendo Wii games console after the attack, which happened at Miss Booth's home in Wellington Place, New Road, Halifax, in December last year.
Khan, of Dunkirk Terrace, Halifax, who was also convicted of robbery, was told he would spend at least 20 years in prison.
The court heard that he had been jailed for five months in 2007 for a similar assault on Miss Booth.
Detective Superintendent Chris Thompson, of West Yorkshire Police, who led the murder inquiry, said: "This was a very difficult case for all of those concerned with the investigation into this senseless and brutal assault against a young and vibrant young woman.
"Bringing Khan to justice was a real team effort involving skilled and dedicated officers from the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, divisional CID, the Forensic Science Service, Crown Prosecution Service and prosecution barrister.
"This was a meticulous investigation and the evidence against Khan was overwhelming, but despite this he subjected Amy's family to a difficult and traumatic trial.
"In court Khan claimed Amy had provoked the attack but he was a violent and controlling bully whose sole motivation for this, and an earlier attack in March 2007, was to punish her."
Divisional Crown Prosecutor for Calderdale Jane Cryer said: "This was a vicious attack on a young woman in her own home and we extend our deepest condolences to Amy's family and friends. We have worked closely with West Yorkshire Police from the outset.
"We realize that nothing can heal the pain of Amy's family and friends but we hope that this successful prosecution brings some measure of comfort to them.
"The conviction of Amy's killer within six months of her death is due in no small part to the professionalism, commitment and hard work of those involved in every stage of this prosecution.
"It is some small satisfaction to see that justice has been served in this case."
Mansoor Ahmed, 28, of Mayfield Drive, King Cross, Halifax, who had also been accused of Miss Booth's murder and robbery, was acquitted by the jury.
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