A jealous ex-boyfriend has been accused of stabbing his former girlfriend 20 times after he saw photos of her on Facebook with another man.
Internet technician Paul Bristol, of Trinidad, stands accused of murdering accountant Camille Mathurasingh, in her London home in 2009.
Bristol and Mathurasingh had met and started dating while Mathurasingh was working in Trinidad, the Telegraph reports. After three years abroad, the accountant returned to the UK, where she and Bristol continued a long distance relationship.
However, according to the prosecuting attorney Simon Denison, Mathurasingh began seeing another man following her return to England.
'It would appear she tried to bring about the end of her relationship with this defendant gently and did not tell him about her new boyfriend,' Denison told the court. 'He found out when he saw pictures of them together on Facebook.'
The Times Online reports the alleged sequence of events leading up to Mathurasingh's murder.
Mr Bristol arrived in the UK on April 2, 2009, and by 1.30pm the next day he had killed her and stabbed himself several times, the court heard.
He then drove her car at speed towards the centre of London before crashing and flipping the vehicle over, the jury heard.
He immediately told police that he had tried to kill his girlfriend and had stabbed himself but when interviewed he refused to answer questions, it was alleged.
Bristol, 25, is pleading guilty to manslaughter.
He is not the first to face jail time because of a Facebook-related dispute turned violent.
In the past two years alone, photos and other profile information posted on Facebook has led to a multitude of crimes.
On January 23, 2009, a 41-year-old British man was sentenced to a minimum of 18 years in prison for stabbing his wife, 28, to death in 2008 after she changed her Facebook marital status to "single."
In 2008, another British man-- a 35-year-old truck driver--was sentenced to life in prison after brutally murdering his estranged wife. She had posted on Facebook that her marriage was over and that she wanted to meet other men, according to the Times Online.
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