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Man jailed for life for stabbing his town hall chief girlfriend to death

Jonathan Tebbs was found guilty of murdering his girlfriend Kate. Jonathan Tebbs was found guilty of murdering his girlfriend Kate.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
5:39 PM

A Stroud Green man who stabbed his Islington town hall chief girlfriend to death after discovering she had met a man on a dating website for Oxbridge graduates has been jailed for life.

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Kate Dixon was hailed for putting Islington residents at "the heart of everything she did"Kate Dixon was hailed for putting Islington residents at "the heart of everything she did"

Jonathan Tebbs, 46, attacked Kate Dixon in her Streatham flat last June after she revealed she wanted to end their 12 year relationship because she had met someone on Blues Match, a dating website for Oxbridge graduates.

He attacked Ms Dixon with such force, the knife pierced her heart and lungs.

After he had killed her, Tebbs, of Stapleton Hall Road, he carried her lifeless body into the shower before attempting to scrub her flat clean of blood stains.

Before he called the police to confess, Tebbs searched the internet for wills and transferred money into his sister’s account. He also looked for poetry and read Oscar Wilde’s The Ballad of Reading Gaol. He also wrote a five-page statement which ended with: “My devoted love for her, combined with the pain of betrayal, made me do something I thought was never in me and will regret for the rest of my life and beyond. I wanted her to see that love can mean sacrifice (not selfishness) and to love is everything.”

Tebbs admitted manslaughter, claiming he acted in the heat of the moment.

But a jury sitting at Southwark Crown Court found him guilty of murder on Wednesday, agreeing with the prosecution - who portrayed Tebbs as an increasingly controlling and possessive boyfriend, who verbally intimidated and bullied Ms Dixon, head of strategy, equality and performance at Islington Council.

The prosecution argued that Tebbs had in fact known of the relationship for about a week before she told him, having become suspicious and looked at her mobile phone, forwarding texts between Ms Tebbs and her new partner to himself.

Det Insp Louise Knipe, of the homicide and major crime command unit, said: “What was clear to us throughout this investigation was that Kate Dixon had finally summoned the courage she needed to leave Tebbs. However he was of the mindset that if he couldn’t have her, no one else would. He wouldn’t allow her to leave and he made sure of that by brutally stabbing her to death.

“Tebbs’s behavior was not as a result, as he tried to portray in court, loss of control at suddenly finding out about the new person Miss Dixon had met. He knew about this in the week before he killed her and after he did, he was clear-headed.

“He scrubbed the flat, he was organised and he was putting his house in order. I’m pleased the jury rejected his claims today and convicted him of murder.”

The judge sentenced Tebbs to life with a 20 year minimum tariff.

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