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Heartbreaking New Details About The College Student Stabbed 75 Times By An Ex-Boyfriend Who Was Stalking Her

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Molly McLaren

Joshua Stimpson was sentenced to life in prison for murdering Molly McLaren.

A British man who police say stabbed his ex-girlfriend 75 times was sentenced to life in prison. 

Joshua Stimpson, 26, met Molly McLaren, 23, on Tinder in July of 2016 and began dating a after they met up in November. He was reportedly triggered after she broke off their four-month relationship in March of 2017. 

Stimpson began stalking and threatening McLaren. He also posted negative comments about her online. 

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McLaren reported Stimpson to police, who spoke to him about the stalking. However, he continued to contact her after that; even following her to a pub and to her job at a gym. 

He approached her once at the gym in June of 2017 and she reportedly said: "Are you following me now?" 

"Mom he's turned up at the gym and come next to me," she texted her mother, Jo. 

Her mother told her to go home, and she contacted friends via Whatsapp a few hours later saying: "Feel like I'm f--king looking over my shoulder all the time." 

When Stimpson learned that McLaren had blocked him on Facebook, his female friend told him: "Don't worry, we can stalk from mine if we need to."

"I am scared he might hurt me," McLaren told her friend in a message. "I don't know how on edge he is."

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"Physically hurt you?" the friend asked. 

"Yeah," McLaren replied. "He knows my parents are going away for two weeks. I am going to the police tomorrow. He's turned real nasty. He has literally lost the plot.

In June of 2017, Stimpson went to McLaren's gym. After she left, he approached her in her car and stabbed her to death. At witness described the death as a "frenzy."

After a two-week trial, a jury convicted him of murder. 

“She was loved and a much loving daughter, family member and friend to many," said Judge Adele Williams. "You have shown no remorse for killing Molly. You are concerned only with yourself and your own feelings."

“You have a narcissistic personality trait, and I am sure you are not suffering from a personality disorder, having heard the psychiatric evidence. You are supremely selfish and callous. You planned this killing.”

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Emily Blackwood is an editor at YourTango who covers pop culture, true crime, dating, relationships and everything in between. Every Wednesday at 7:20 p.m. you can ask her any and all questions about self-love, dating, and relationships LIVE on YourTango’s Facebook page. You can follow her on Instagram (@blackw00d) and Twitter (@emztweetz). 

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