May 2016

Mother jailed for life & ordered to serve ‘minimum of 24 years’ for murdering her 2 daughters

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A young mum sobbed uncontrollably today as she was convicted and jailed for murdering her two daughters by stabbing them in their beds.

Samira Lupidi, 24, knifed 17-month-old Jasmine Weaver and three-year-old Evelyn Lupidi to death at a women’s refuge, a court heard.

Lupidi was jailed for life at Bradford Crown Court and ordered to serve a minimum of 24 years for murdering her two daughters.

Mr Justice Edis said the girls were ‘both as vulnerable as anyone can be’.

Sentencing Lupidi in her absence, the judge acknowledged she was suffering from a depressive disorder at the time of the ‘violent rage’ which led to the killings.

She stabbed them repeatedly in the chest as they struggled, before running out of the room, yelling that she had ‘killed the children’.

This afternoon, she was found guilty of both murders by a jury of six men and six women following just 90 minutes of deliberations.

She had previously pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility, but had denied murdering the girls.

The mum, dressed in a grey jacket and a white shirt, wept into a pile of tissues as she was convicted of murdering her daughters. She was comforted by a security guard.

Meanwhile, in the packed public gallery, there were shouts of ‘yes’ as the verdicts were read out.

The week-long trial at Bradford Crown Court heard how Lupidi and the girls ended up in the refuge after she called police to her home in Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire.

She told officers that the girls’ father – her partner Carl Weaver, 31 – slapped her twice the night before and she was scared he was going to kill her, the court heard.

The jury was told that, the following day, staff at the refuge found Lupidi running out of the flat she had been allocated, shouting that she had ‘killed the children’.

Both girls were found on their beds, each with nine stab wounds to the chest.

The jury heard how the defendant had blood smeared on her hands when she ran from the room following the murders in November last year.

During the trial, the jury heard that Lupidi ran out of her room at a hostel in Bradford with her hands smeared in blood saying “I killed them, I hurt them.”

Following the stabbings, she is also said to have said: “If I can’t have them, he can’t have them either”, referring to her then partner, Carl Weaver, who she shared a home with in Church Lane, Heckmondwike.

Lupidi admitted that she killed the girls, but claimed she was suffering from diminished responsibility at the time. She said she was battling with depression and paranoia.

But the jury refuted her defence, instead accepting the prosecution’s case that she knew what she was doing when she suffocated then stabbed her daughters as they fought and struggled. 

The mum of two did not give evidence in the trial.

The judge said at the sentencing: ‘I believe you killed these children in a spasm of violence triggered by a weekend of violent arguments.’

The judge added: ‘You had formed a delusional belief that you were in danger of being killed and that you were going to be abandoned and that you would not see the children again.’

The judge said Lupidi stabbed each of her daughters nine times after arguments continued with her partner by phone.

He said that Italian Lupidi was friendless and alone in a foreign country and came to see her partner’s family as ‘the enemy’.

The judge said: ‘You reacted to this very difficult situation by saying ‘if I cannot have them, neither can he’.’

He said: ‘This is a crime that speaks of rage and I sentence you on the basis that you killed them in anger and out of a desire for revenge.

‘Even a week later you were telling the prison medical staff that the most important thing was that Carl Weaver was suffering.’

The judge said Lupidi killed Evelyn first and then her sister.

‘Jasmine, you later said, had been crying while you were killing her sister in a way she had never cried before,’ he said.

He added: ‘It does not take much imagination to know what happened in that dreadful scene and the way in which Jasmine died has traumatised their father who has only just learned of it.’

But the judge said: ‘All the evidence positively shows that these children were the centre of your life and that you loved them. You were a very good mother to them and cared for them very well.’

He said: ‘In the end, humanity requires an allowance to be made for the fact that you killed the things you loved in a temporary rage which will have everlasting and disastrous consequences for you.’

During Lupidi’s trial, the court had also heard how she had experienced a poor upbringing and suffered violence at the hands of her alcoholic mother, Marietta.

On one occasion, Marietta had even tried to kill her and her two brothers by opening a gas pipe, jurors were told.

“Her mother was violent towards all three children and she tried to kill all the children by opening a gas pipe,” Jasmine and Evelyn’s father and Lupidi’s partner, Carl Weaver, told the court.

Lupidi, who jurors heard had a ‘complete misinterpretation of reality’, had falsely accused 31-year-old Mr Weaver of domestic violence.

She feared the car valeter was plotting her death and that he wanted to take the girls away from her, the court heard.

In a statement read during her trial, Mr Weaver explained how they met via the Internet when he was working in Italy before Evelyn was born on January 27, 2012.

He described how Lupidi’s mother Marietta was an abusive alcoholic, while her father Dario treated his daughter as a ‘scivvy’ at home for him and her two siblings.

Lupidi’s father disapproved when his daughter fell pregnant, he said.

When Mr Weaver lost his job, it was decided that he and Lupidi would to return to England together and lived in Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire.

Lupidi, who spoke in ‘broken English’, was isolated having no bank account and no job, the court heard.

She gave birth to Jasmine on June 26, 2014, and the couple discovered soon after that Evelyn was autistic – she was clingy and would only say ‘mama’ and ‘pasta’.

Despite Evelyn’s problematic behaviour, Mr Weaver said Lupidi always coped and never lost her temper. “She was a wonderful mother,” he said.

But she thought people were against her and was extremely jealous if Mr Weaver returned home late from work. When he did, she would go through his Facebook account, the court heard.

Mr Weaver said he and Lupidi had heated arguments but he was never physically violent towards her.