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By Carl Jackson Monday 07 January 2013 Updated: 07/01 20:28
A MAN has been jailed for 22 years after killing the mother of his three children in broad daylight during an horrific attack in the back of a taxi in Northfield.
Junior Mohammed Oakes, 28, from Northfield, pleaded guilty to murdering 22-year-old Natasha Trevis on August 7 last year.
The court heard how he stabbed her more than 20 times.
He was sentenced to life imprisonment at Birmingham Crown Court today (Monday) and will serve a minimum of 22 years behind bars.
Oakes had known Natasha for several years but she wanted to end their relationship. The pair agreed to meet up the night before he took her life to celebrate his birthday.
They argued throughout the evening and into the early hours of the next morning in the taxi.
Natasha refused Oakes' request to leave with him when they reached his home at Dimsdale Road, Northfield, then the driver of the cab said he heard Natasha scream that she had been stabbed.
As she left the taxi and tried to get away, Oakes chased her and stabbed her again several times before running away.
Natasha died at the scene from her injuries, suffering 26 stab wounds in total.
Oakes was found hiding in a nearby garden in Allens Farm Road and arrested by police following a ten-hour search.
Investigating officer, DC Michelle Ohren from the major investigation review team said: "Junior Oakes was a violent and controlling man who chose to stab and kill the mother of his three children in an horrific attack.
"When she tried to escape, he chased her and continued to stab her whilst she was defenceless against him.
"Natasha was a loving and devoted mother to her three children and she had everything to live for.
"She was very close to her family and this has devastated them all.
"The impact of her murder is far reaching and has touched all those who knew her within the community."
DC Ohren also praised witnesses who had come forward.
She said she hoped the sentence provided them and Natasha's family with some comfort.
Natasha's mother, Joanne Hewitt, paid tribute to her daughter and said: "Tasha was my diamond, the star of my life.
"She was beautiful, caring and loved her three children with all her heart.
"When he killed her, he killed me - he has taken a very precious person from our family and broke us in two.
"She will be forever remembered by us."
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