A soldier who was getting ready to serve in Afghanistan stabbed his ex-girlfriend to death after finding out she had an abortion by hacking her Facebook account.
Lance Corporal Ian Lowe, 25, broke into Leanne McNuff‘s home in Droylsden, Greater Manchester, England, and stabbed her repeatedly on the evening of March 11th.
McNuff died in a nearby hospital due to blood loss.
Lowe was out on bail at the time for attempting to choke McNuff while she was pregnant.
Lowe posted multiple notes on Facebook prior to stabbing McNuff.
“Not even the army will help me out after all I have done for Queen and country” read one.
Another read: “Need a weapon out of armoury to shoot the bitch.”
On the evening of February 18th, they had a domestic dispute which resulted in Lowe choking McNuff.
Miss McNuff recalled the incident in a statement given to police:
“He’s shaking me from side to side and I’m almost on the floor.
“I’ve lost my footing but being held up by Ian gripping my clothing and he’s shaking me about.
“Somehow, whilst he’s still ragging me about, I’ve twisted and he’s got hold of my hair.
“Now he’s got a grip of my clothing and a grip of my hair and he’s still shaking me about.
“At some point he’s let go of my jumper and his left arm has come around my throat choking me and making it hard to breathe for a few seconds. I was frightened to death.
“I didn’t know what was going to happen. I was scared wither he’d really hurt me or I’d lose the baby.
“Then Ian’s released me and pushed me to the floor. He’s gone to kick me.
“At first I think he was going to kick me hard but he held back and it wasn’t a very hard kick in my back.
“Then he’s picked up his bag and ran out of the gate.”
Lowe was arrested and charged with assault in the incident.
On February 20th, McNuff went to get consultation about the abortion procedure, and went through with the procedure on March 1st.
Lowe found out about the abortion by hacking her Facebook on March 10th, the day before the stabbing.
He wrote on his page: “She tries to ruin my career, not only are you a benefit thief you are an oxygen thief as well.”
A day later, he wrote: “Just to let everyone know Leanne had aborted the baby.
“She did not tell me or even given me a say in the matter.”
Lowe denies the murder, and the trial is ongoing.