Sadistic' murderer who battered his partner to death with an iron is jailed for ...

Atual Mustafa, 36, murdered his partner at their house on Pear Tree Crescent in Normanton, Derby, last May

Atual Mustafa, 36, murdered his partner at their house on Pear Tree Crescent in Normanton, Derby, last May

A man who tortured and murdered his partner at their home was today jailed for life with a minimum term of 32 years.

Atual Mustafa, 36, murdered Sohbia Khan, 37, at their house on Pear Tree Crescent in Normanton, Derby, last May.

On Tuesday, a jury at Derby Crown Court needed just 45 minutes to convict Mustafa.

The court heard that after Mustafa met 'confident, intelligent, bubbly' Miss Khan, he 'lured' her to live with him in Derby.

But he became controlling and then subjected her to 'domestic violence on a savage scale', inflicting horrific injuries which eventually killed her between May 25 and May 28 last year

Miss Khan, originally from Bradford, West Yorkshire, suffered 36 separate injuries, some carried out with an iron, the court was told.

Mustafa had previously brutally attacked a different woman - who was present at Derby Crown Court for today's sentencing - and changed his name.

On that occasion he was found by a court to be mentally ill and sent to a secure hospital.

Today he was sentenced by High Court judge Justice Sue Carr to life in prison and must serve minimum of 32 years.

Prosecutor Michael Auty QC, referring to Mustafa's previous conviction, described how the defendant threw the woman on the floor and took hold of her.

Mustafa insisted she had been unfaithful and punched her repeatedly.

Mr Auty said: 'He started to pull her hair out and shave it off. He then shaved her hair and eye brows off.

'He took hold of a cushion and said he was going to kill her. He told work colleagues she had died and flowers started to arrive at the home'.

'Mustafa repeatedly struck her with a brush and so hard it snapped.

'The woman managed to escape by running away to a nearby clinic.'

Sohbia Khan, 37, was described by her loved ones as 'outspoken and strong woman and very kind-hearted, always full of joy'.

Sohbia Tabasim Khan, 37, was found murdered at her home on Pear Tree Crescent in Normanton, Derby, in May 2017

Sohbia Khan, 37, was described by her loved ones as 'outspoken and strong woman and very kind-hearted, always full of joy'

A number of people cried in court as Javed Khan, Miss Khan's brother, read out a victim personal statement in the witness box.

Mr Khan described his sister as an 'outspoken and strong woman and very kind-hearted, always full of joy'.

After Mustafa lured

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