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108 Women Killed by Men in One Year

From January 2022 until December 2022, 108 women were killed by men. Here are the stories of six of those women.

 Zara Aleena

Aspiring lawyer Zara Aleena, 35, was murdered by Jordan McSweeney, 29, on June 26th, 2022 while walking home.  McSweeney pleaded guilty and was jailed  for 38 years.  Zara’s family describe her as “someone who believed that a woman should be able to walk home.  They added that ‘She had a strong sense of justice and fairness,” which “led her to a life of giving and caring for others.”

Zara’s murder attracted attention after it was discovered McSweeney had committed numerous other offences and should have been recalled to prison. CCTV footage recovered from that night reveals the prolific criminal trailed other lone women before singling out and killing one he had never met before. Just after 02.30 on 26 June, Zara was found on a pavement not far from her home, in Ilford. 

Her belongings were strewn along Cranbrook Road. She had been badly beaten, was partially naked and struggling to breathe. Another woman gave the 35 year old CPR until paramedics arrived. Zara died later that morning in hospital.

On Friday 3rd November 2023, McSweeney’s sentence was reduced by five years after appeal. Zara’s aunt, Farah Naz spoke on behalf of the family saying,

In the wake of this decision, we choose to relegate this man to obscurity, hoping that society forgets him as a meaningless and despicable individual. Our focus now lies elsewhere. Zara, a beacon of hope, a symbol of change. Her tragic murder stands as a catalyst for reshaping how society safeguards women.


Clair Ablewhite

Clair Ablewhite ,47, was murdered by John Jessop, 26, when he cycled 17 miles to her home on November 6, 2022.  Police said they had a brief relationship and Clair ended it.  Jessop pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced to life with a minimum of 17 years and 8 months.  Clair, who ran a dog-walking business from her home, was described by friends and clients as sociable and friendly; someone who would talk to anyone.


Her son Dan Ablewhite shared an image on Facebook of him smiling alongside his Mum. He wrote, “I love you so much, Mum. I just want to see that beautiful big smile and give you a hug and tell you how much you mean to us all.”



Lauren Malt

Lauren Malt, 19 was murdered by her father, Nigel Malt, when he ran over her body twice with his car on January 23, 2022, in West Winch, Norfolk.The teenager had been trying to protect her boyfriend after Malt threatened him with a crowbar. Malt, who was on bail at the time awaiting trial on two counts of assaulting his wife, was jailed for life in prison with a minimum term of 18 years.

A friend of Lauren paid tribute to her on Facebook saying, “You are my dear angel – meant the world to me and I’m so sorry you’re gone. I can’t quite get my head round it, my rock, my little bean, my best friend. We had so many plans but now we’re apart. I will miss you every waking moment, my love.


Yasmin Chkaifi

Mature student Yasmin Chkaifi, 43, was stabbed to death in broad daylight by her ex boyfriend, Leon McCaskie in Maida Vale, London on January 24, 2022. A driver, who has been named only as Abraham, rammed his car into McCaskie to stop the attack. McCaskie died at the scene. Yasmin’s son previously said McCaskie was an “abusive monster” and the mum had a restraining order taken out against him before she was killed.

Her aunt, Haida said, “She was beautiful, good hearted – she had a heart of gold. She never hurt anyone, she had friends from many cultures. She was in her final year of studying.”





Ashley Wadsworth

Canadian Ashley Wadsworth, 19, was murdered by her boyfriend Jack Sepple, 23 on February 1, 2022, shortly after she moved to the UK to be with him. Sepple, who had eight previous convictions, and nearly all for domestic violence, was jailed for life with a minimum of 23 years and six months.

Ashley, who was found at Sepple’s flat was described as the “backbone of the family by her mum, Christy. Christy said,

“She was everything I wasn’t; she was outgoing, she was the backbone of the three of us. I was a single mum. She was always the strongest one. She was fiercely loyal. She was the glue that kept everyone together.”




Ramona Stoia

Ramona Stoia, 35, was murdered by her husband, Catalin Micu before he took his own life in their tattoo shop on April 11, 2022. Micu was found dead at Gothink Studio in Canterbury, Kent along with Ramona.

Ramona was previously described as “absolutely lovely” – a talented, popular tattoo artist with a huge following.


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