Joshua Stimpson and Molly McLaren, who he is accused of murdering (Picture: Facebook)
A dog walker has relived the terrifying moment he tried to stop a student’s ex-boyfriend killing her as he stabbed her 75 times.
Benjamin Morton told Maidstone Crown Court there was so much blood that the killer’s leg literally slipped out of his hands as he tried to stop him.
Joshua Stimpson, 25, followed Molly McLaren, 23, to a gym in Chatham, Kent, and after laying in wait he carried out the horrific attack as she sat in the front seat of her car.
The couple had broken up on June 17 and the attack happened 12 days later. Mr Morton said he heard a ‘commotion’ and saw the attack in progress.
He said: ‘I stepped forward and could see it wasn’t just a fight, that the woman seemed to be being attacked by the man.
‘He seemed to have something in his hand and she was at that point resisting. He looked to be trying to overwhelm her, to attack her in some way. She was trying to defend herself.
‘He was clearly attacking her and she had her hands up to try and stop him. I gave my dog to someone as I still had him in my hand.
‘Then I moved forward to the car where I could see that the man was attacking her with a knife or some kind of implement.
‘It was quite small, not a big thing, but I could see he was stabbing her with it. There was already blood inside the car and when I got right in front of the car I could see that he was stabbing her towards her neck and her head.
‘She was trying to defend herself. It is not something I have ever seen and hopefully never will (again).’
Stimpson attacked Molly McLaren as she sat in her car (Picture: PA)
He added: ‘The door hadn’t shut because his leg was in the way so I moved around and I grabbed his leg to see if I could pull him.
‘His leg was covered in blood and my hands slipped off. At that point I stepped back and didn’t know what else I could do.’
When he saw Miss McLaren’s injuries he realised she was not going to survive.
He added: ‘I looked inside the car and I could see that she had her throat cut. He seemed determined to make sure she was dead.
‘He wasn’t stabbing her, he was cutting at her throat at this point, just to make sure she would never come back.
‘I looked at her and I thought “I don’t think there is anything else I can do. She isn’t going to survive this”.’
Molly suffered defensive injuries to her arms as she desperately tried to fight off Stimpson, beeping her horn and screaming for help, she also had severe trauma wounds to her neck. The frenzied attack was described several witnesses during day four of the murder trial as Molly’s family cried in the public gallery.
One described how she saw Molly raise her legs as if trying to kick Stimpson off, while another told how he ‘violently and aggressively’ carried out his onslaught.
Miss McLaren, of Cobham, Surrey, had told friends about Stimpson’s weird behavior in the days before she was killed. He had started posting slurs about her using drugs on Facebook, tagging her relatives so they would read his lies, she complained to police on June 22 and wrote a letter of complaint to bosses at Facebook.
Prosecutors claim Stimpson stalked her social media posts in order to pinpoint her location. Stimpson has admitted killing McLaren but denies murder. The trial continues.
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