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Soldier jailed for stabbing girlfriend to death

Ian Lowe with on-off girlfriend Leanne McNuff Photo:

A Iraq war veteran has been jailed for 28 years after stabbing his on-off girlfriend in front of their son.

25 year old Ian Lowe attacked Leanne McNuff in March after hacking into her Facebook page and finding out that she had aborted their second child. He also suspected her of starting another relationship with a Royal Marine commando.

Lowe who was a serving lance corporal in the army based at Catterick smashed into the 24 year old's home in Droylsden, and stabbed her repeatedly before stamping on her face. There was a history of domestic abuse between the couple and the relationship between Lowe and Leanne broke down earlier this year.

Court heard that the whole attack was witnessed by their four-year-old son Jaden who was discovered screaming 'Daddy's killed Mummy'.

Members of the family also saw Lowe run away and ran into Leanne’s house where they found her collapsed at the top of the stairs.

Paramedics attended and found her in a state of cardiac arrest. She was taken to Tameside General Hospital where she died.

The judge found Lowe guilty of murder which he denied and described the killer as 'evil' whilst sentencing him.

25 year old Ian Lowe described as 'evil'

Senior Investigating Officer Andy Tattersall from Major Incident Team 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."

Leanne’s Mum Margaret McNuff said: “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."