Eritrean News: By Mike Brown,
Natsnet Tekle Nahisi, 22, found dead at Parliament Road house :: Inquest heard Dawit Khasay arrested on suspicion of murder and died in custody.
An asylum seeker died after she was stabbed 13 times in the head and neck, an inquest was told.
Natsnet Tekle Nasihi, 22, an Eritrean national, was found dead in a room at the shared house where she lived on Parliament Road, central Middlesbrough, on May 3 last year.
At an inquest this afternoon, acting senior coroner for Teesside, Clare Bailey, found that Ms Nasihi died as a result of unlawful killing after she was found with stab wounds to her head and neck.
Another Eritrean asylum seeker, Dawit Khasay, 19, was arrested on suspicion of her murder – but was found dead in his cell at Holme House prison a week after her death.
Ms Bailey said: “Cleveland Police are not looking for any other individuals in connection with Ms Nasihi’s death and have concluded the case.”
The inquest, held at Teesside Magistrates Court, heard that Ms Nasihi and Mr Khasay had been involved in a relationship.
But as Ms Nasihi was said to be married in Eritrea, she kept it secret.
The pair had exchanged text messages in the months leading up to Ms Nasihi’s death, in which Mr Khasay, also known as David, asked why their relationship could not be made public – and mentioned murder.
A statement from friend Genet Berhane said that during a phone conversation shortly before her death, Ms Nasihi spoke of plans to move to Birmingham which “made David angry”.
David had also been told he did not have status to remain in the UK, which upset him. Ms Berhane advised Ms Nasihi to tell Khasay “to breathe slowly” to help calm him down.
At around 9pm on Friday May 2, the night before Ms Nasihi’s death, Mr Khasay had been caught on CCTV coming out of his home on Maple Street, central Middlesbrough, wearing a light grey hooded top and light blue jeans.
He was seen at Ms Nasihi’s address by her housemates during the night, and was then captured on CCTV going back into his house just after midnight, wearing only a stained t-shirt, underwear and trainers, and carrying a bundle of clothes.
Ms Nasihi’s body was discovered by police after other occupants at Parliament Road discovered a large amount of blood in the shared kitchen, which had been partially cleaned up, at around 3am.
Police officers then forced the door to her room, and found Ms Nasihi’s body on the floor.
A pathologist’s report concluded that her body had been moved from the kitchen, where she had been attacked repeatedly with a knife.When officers arrested Mr Khasay the next morning, they found the clothes he had been seen wearing on CCTV wet and hanging on the washing line.
Blood discovered on a door frame was found to be Ms Nasihi’s, and blood was also discovered in the teeth of a zip on Mr Khasay’s hooded top.
Toxicology reports found that Ms Nasihi was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs when she died. Mr Khasay was tested in custody, 18 hours after her death, and no traces of alcohol or drugs were found.
Mr Khasay was discovered dead in his cell at Holme House prison in Stockton on Sunday, May 11.
He had entered no plea to the charge of murder, and was awaiting a further court appearance.
An investigation into his death was carried out by the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman, and a report will be published at the conclusion of an inquest into his death.