Moment killer follows ex before trying to behead her in 'ferocious' murder after sending chilling break up threat | The SunJune 2, 2023
THIS is the chilling moment a monster followed his ex-girlfriend before trying to behead her after travelling 130 miles to murder her.
Dennis Akpomedaye skulked in the shadows as he followed 21-year-old Anna Jedrkowiak through the streets of Ealing, West London.
He pounced on the restaurant worker in front of her new boyfriend as they reached an alleyway and stabbed her in the stomach.
He then used the large kitchen knife to saw at Anna's throat in a grim attempt to decapitate her.
Kingston Crown Court heard he could not accept his and Anna's break up, telling her: "We will be together no matter what…I will find you."
Coward Akpomedaye refused to attend court as he was today jailed for life with a minimum of 29 years after being convicted of murder.
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Anna's mum Danuta, who lives in Poland, said the "barbaric" way her daughter died meant her heart "broke with grief and despair".
She added: "He, this murderer, is still alive and will be for many more years, despite the fact he took my daughter's life."
Anna's boyfriend Jack Maskell, who was with her when she was murdered, said he has been left with PTSD and depression since the attack.
He also told how he will "never unsee" what happened to Anna as he spoke of having "undescribable memories that can never be erased".
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The 21-year-old added: "I will never know if I could have stopped what happened."
The court was told Anna and Akpomedaye met online in January 2021 and dated for around a year before she ended the relationship.
But the killer refused to accept it was over and tried to manipulate his ex by threatening suicide.
On May 15, 2022, the monster travelled from his home in Newport, Wales, to London by coach.
He then made his way to Ealing and headed to the Las Iguanas restaurant where she worked – although she was not on shift that night.
Akpomedaye was captured on CCTV pacing up and down outside the eatery with his hood up and his face covered by a scarf before he headed to Anna's home nearby.
The next day, Anna arrived for her shift just before 5pm unaware her ex was on his way to Ealing to try to track her down again.
After getting off the tube, he went a bought a £4.99 knife from a local shop and spent the next few hours skulking outside the restaurant again.
Anna left at 11.40pm with her new boyfriend with chilling CCTV showing Akpomedaye following the pair through the darkness.
He then ran at her with the knife and stabbed her several times before fleeing.
The killer was arrested 22 hours later after approaching a paramedic to complain about a wound on his fingers that he claimed had been caused by a pitbull.
He also claimed he was a sword performer whose trick had gone wrong.
Officers also found the knife in a pond in nearby Gunnerbury Park as well as his and Anna's mobile phones and a photo frame with a picture of them together.
There was a trail of blood from the scene leading to the park where the evidence was.
Detective Chief Inspector Brian Howie, the senior investigating officer, said: "Anna’s life was taken by someone who is cowardly but extremely dangerous.
She had moved away to start what should have been an exciting new life in London but now will never be able to fulfil that promise, and her family will never see her again.
“It was moving that so many of her family, university and work friends attended a vigil in her honour during the trial.
“My thoughts and sympathies remain with the family and friends of Anna, both in the UK and in Poland, who will never get over the tragic circumstances surrounding her death.
“Even in the context of a murder investigation, the ferocity with which she was attacked was extreme, and this individual belongs in prison where he cannot harm another woman.”
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