Molly McLaren met Joshua Stimpson on Tinder before dating him for seven months. After they broke up he killed her in a planned and brutal attack.
Molly McLaren met Joshua Stimpson on Tinder before dating him for seven months. After they broke up he killed her in a planned and brutal attack.

‘Mum he’s turned up at the gym’

THE ex-girlfriend of a man convicted of stabbing another woman more than 75 times has revealed how he threatened her and "made my life hell" during their volatile relationship.

Joshua Stimpson, 26, was jailed for life yesterday after being found guilty of murdering his ex-girlfriend, Molly McLaren, 23, in a brutal car park attack in broad daylight.

His previous girlfriend Alexandra Dale posted on Facebook that she was "mortified" about the situation and hopes he "gets what he deserves."

"This twisted f**k made my life hell and the police were informed yet did nothing about it.

"This poor girl did the same and still nothing. I can't even imagine what her family are going through," she wrote.

Miss Dale had previously told the court Stimpson would follow her, had slashed her tyres and threatened to "fly out and drown you" while she was on holiday, according to The Sun. She said she had warned police three times about his behaviour, while another ex-girlfriend, Leah Hubbard, also told the court Stimpson had watched her on a night out after they split.

 

 

Molly McLaren was murdered by Joshua Stimpson in an attack that will see him serve at least 26 years in jail.
Molly McLaren was murdered by Joshua Stimpson in an attack that will see him serve at least 26 years in jail.

Stimpson was jailed for a minimum of 26 years after what Kent Police called a "merciless and pre-planned attack" against the young woman he had dated for seven months after meeting on Tinder.

They broke up on June 12 last year, however on June 29, Stimpson stabbed her more than 75 times as she sat in her car just minutes after joining her in a workout at a gym that was caught on CCTV.

At 10:45am that morning, the court heard how Molly sent a message to her mother saying: "Mum he's turned up at the gym and come next to me".

She had also exchanged several messages with a friends, including one saying: 'Feel like I'm … looking over my shoulder all the time."

The brutal attack occurred in broad daylight and was witnessed by several people and caught on CCTV.

Kent Police has referred itself to the independent Office for Police Conduct over the matter.

Joshua Stimpson turned up at the gym where Molly McLaren was working out the morning she died. Picture: Kent Police/PA Wire
Joshua Stimpson turned up at the gym where Molly McLaren was working out the morning she died. Picture: Kent Police/PA Wire

Molly McLaren's family have set up a foundation in her honour dedicated to helping young women accept their body image.

"Just the evening before Molly was taken from us, she was celebrating with her friends on her success of enrolling on a personal training course which would set her up for the lifelong commitment in health and wellbeing," said a statement on a JustGiving page for the Molly McLaren foundation.

"This perfectly demonstrates Molly's passion for promoting self-acceptance of body image, achieved through holistic wellbeing, healthy lifestyle and positive mental attitudes."

In a statement, Molly McLaren's family said the last six months had been "horrid beyond belief."

"The number of Molly's friends has staggered us, the like of which we have never known. Those that have visited and shared in our pain have been a great help," they said, adding that they would like to raise awareness of the stalking in the community.

"Our focus now turns to making sure Molly will live on through The Molly McLaren Foundation, helping people with eating disorders. We love you Molly."

Senior investigating officer Detective Sergeant Ali Worton said Molly's life was "stolen by Stimpson in the most brutal way imaginable."

"He has proven to be an extremely dangerous individual and needs to spend a lengthy period of time in prison where he can cause no further harm to innocent people.

"It was clear to the jury and us that Molly's death was pre-planned and that Stimpson is a cold and calculated killer rather than somebody who does not have the mental capacity to control himself.

Molly McLaren and Joshua Stimpson.
Molly McLaren and Joshua Stimpson.
A knife that was seized by police that was shown to the jury at Maidstone Crown Court during the trial of Joshua Stimpson. Picture: Kent Police/PA Wire.
A knife that was seized by police that was shown to the jury at Maidstone Crown Court during the trial of Joshua Stimpson. Picture: Kent Police/PA Wire.


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