Jilted bloke tried to decapitate ex then claimed it was sword trick gone wrong

A sick bloke who stabbed his ex-girlfriend 40 times to death in front of her new partner has been branded a “proper coward”.

Dennis Akpomedaye, 30, attempted to decapitate his former partner Anna Jedrkowiak at her London home in May 2022.

He was wearing a balaclava at the time, while waiting for the 12-year-old to finish working at the Las Iguanas restaurant.

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He followed her and her new partner, before committing the horrific act, which he later tried to claim was a sword trick gone wrong.

However, having been scheduled to appear at Kingston Crown Court today (May 31), he chose not to turn up and was jailed for life, with a minimum term of 29 years.

The victim's sister, Katareyna Glowacka, 39, said Akpomedaye’s sentence should have been longer as he is a “danger” to society.

She said: “It just shows his true character, that he is a proper coward.

“He committed a crime but he is not able to face us, he’s not able to look us in the eyes.

“For me personally, it’s really disrespectful that he killed my sister and he didn’t show any remorse.

“He never gave any statement why he did it, he just killed her and went about his life like nothing ever happened, which is horrible.

“I have been robbed of the opportunity to have a sister in my life.”

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Jack Maskell, 21, who worked at Las Iguanas, was walking with Ms Jedrkowiak when she was murdered after the pair had become “more than just friends”.

He told the court: “I have been left with indescribable memories that can never been erased.

“It was dark and cruel. I will never unsee what he did to her.”

Akpomedaye, who was born in Nigeria, met Ms Jedrkowiak online in January 2021 and they dated for around a year before she ended the relationship.

In the weeks before her murder, Akpomedaye, who could not accept the break-up, began trying to manipulate her by threatening suicide.

Police say he has never shown any remorse for the murder, refusing to answer officers’ questions or attend court for his trial or sentencing.

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