A man has been jailed for at least 21 years after admitting the murder of a teenager who had refused his advances.
Yordanos Brhane, 19, was found stabbed to death at her home in Unett Street, Hockley, Birmingham, on 31 July 2021.
Halefom Weldeyohannes lost his temper when Miss Brhane, a refugee from Eritrea, said she did not have romantic feelings for him, the court was told.
The sentencing judge at Birmingham Crown Court said the 26-year-old had become “obsessed by Yordanos”.
The court heard how Yordanos’ housemates called police after hearing her scream during the early hours of the morning.
One of them told police how she knocked on the bedroom door and saw Weldeyohannes with both hands around Yordanos’ neck.
As she left the room she heard Weldeyohannes go into the bathroom and then leave the house.
Paramedics, who had to wait for 30 minutes for police to arrive before they could enter the house, found her in her room lying in a pool of blood.
Judge Simon Drew QC told Weldeyohannes: “You convinced yourself that she loved you and that you should be together.
“However, when you confronted her and declared your love for her, she politely but firmly rebuffed you.
“As a result you lost your temper with her and eventually attacked and killed her.”
Miss Brhane was 15 when she fled Eritrea, one of Africa’s poorest countries and sought asylum in Europe. She came to Birmingham in 2020 where her sister said she had “found happiness”.
Weldeyohannes also came to the UK from Eritrea in 2020, the court was told.
He was granted leave to remain by the Home Office on the basis he had fled to avoid compulsory military service.
Mr Drew QC said Weldeyohannes had known Miss Brhane for many years and told a friend they had grown up in the same village.
On the day before the murder, Weldeyohannes had travelled from his home in Sheffield to Birmingham to see Miss Brhane, he said.
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At 02:31 the next morning, Miss Brhane texted a housemate saying “I am worried” and a minute later “Where are you”, he said.
Sometime between 05:30 and 06:00 BST, her housemate heard her friend screaming and found Weldeyohannes strangling her.
She went to get help and the police were called. Meanwhile, Weldeyohannes fled the scene and went back to Sheffield before later going to stay with a friend in Stoke-on-Trent.
The friend saw a news report of Miss Brhane’s murder and informed police.
Weldeyohannes, of London Road, was at his home where he was arrested on 1 August 2021.
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