Jailed for life: War veteran murdered on-off Manchester girlfriend and stamped on her face in front of their son

By Mancunian Matters staff

A man who stabbed his on-off girlfriend in front of their four-year-old son and then stamped on her face, was jailed for life today.

On March 11, Ian Lowe, 25, had forced his way into Leanne McNuff’s Droylsden home, before repeatedly stabbing her – continuing to do so even as she lay wounded on the floor.

The former soldier had allegedly hacked into Miss McNuff’s Facebook account only hours before the fatal attack and discovered she had aborted their second child.

Lowe, of no fixed abode, was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 28 years.

Leanne’s mother, Margaret McNuff, said in a statement after the verdict: “The trial might be over but I will never forget the way in which my daughter Leanne was killed.

“Ian Lowe carried on stabbing her when she had hit the floor and then stamped on her face several times. This was a brutal and vicious attack on a beautiful young mother in front of his son.

“It makes me feel sick and now my family and I have the biggest sentence of all, we will never have Leanne back and Jaden will never see his Mummy, who he constantly says he misses.”

Earlier in the trial, the court heard how their son, Jaden, had sobbed helplessly as his mother was stabbed through the neck and arm.

When Miss McNuff’s brother Ryan had entered to find the horrific scene, Jaden cried out ‘daddy’s killed mummy’.

Senior Investigating Officer Andy Tattersall said: “This was a senseless barbaric murder of a young woman.

“Leanne was a much loved mother, daughter and sister who had her whole life ahead of her.

“She will not get to watch her son grow up and he will now have to do so without his mother.

“He has now been jailed, and will have to live the rest of his life with the knowledge that he is responsible for killing Leanne who he professed to love.”

He also pointed out that there is a strong support network to anyone who is suffering domestic abuse.

“Domestic abuse is not acceptable under any circumstances and GMP can now act on information or evidence from a victim’s family, friends or neighbours rather than just from the victim,” he said.

“We also have specialist domestic abuse investigators in place to provide a first response to victims and support them throughout the criminal justice process and work closely with partners such as local authorities and the Women’s Domestic Abuse Helpline to continually improve the support services offered to victims.”

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