A woman has been jailed for eight years for stabbing a female love rival through the heart after being accused of flirting with her girlfriend.
Siobhan Collins-Grant, 26, knifed Sakhira Loseke, 22, through her breast after a confrontation in Chalk Farm, north London on September 8 last year.
Ms Loseke bled to death while a doctor performed open heart surgery in the middle of the street after the attack.
Collins-Grant, who pleaded guilty to manslaughter, had charged at Ms Loseke screaming her name and stabbing her, leaving her no chance to defend herself.
Afterwards, Ms Loseke looked down in horror to see the kitchen knife sticking out of her chest and wrenched it free before collapsing to the ground.
Collins-Grant fled the scene, returning briefly to remark: ‘What have I done?’ before throwing the weapon into nearby Regents Canal.
Emergency services including a helicopter rushed to the scene and open heart surgery was performed on Ms Loseke in the street but she was pronounced dead just before midnight.
A post-mortem revealed the cause of death to be cardio-respiratory failure brought about by blood loss.
Collins-Grant denied murder but admitted manslaughter. A charge of having an offensive weapon, which she also denied, was ordered to lie on file.
The pair had come to blows at a nightclub a few weeks before the killing, when the victim accused Collins-Grant of chatting up her lover, Savannah Simpson, the Old Bailey heard.
They were thrown out by bouncers at the Lighthouse Bar in Shoreditch but friends were told they had later settled their differences.
Collins-Grant had been staying with her friend Charlie Crawford-Nathan but she was kicked out the day before the killing when her host discovered she had been bad-mouthing her behind her back.
She was accused of sleeping with another woman’s boyfriend and was told her clothes would be burned unless she collected them from a mutual friend’s house.
On the night of the killing, residents were disturbed by a group of women shouting in the street outside when Collins-Grant arrived with four friends for back-up.
Oliver Glasgow QC, prosecuting, said: ‘At about 11pm on Sunday 8 September 2019 the residents of Belmont Street in Chalk Farm were disturbed by shouting from the street outside.
‘The voices were those of a group of females and, since it was not uncommon for the relative quiet area to be broken by such noise, most thought little of what they heard.
‘However that was soon to change. The voices became raised in panic and then screams could be heard.
‘On looking out of their windows, people were able to see a group of girls standing beside someone who had collapsed to the ground.
‘The person on the floor was Sahkira Loseke and she had been stabbed in the chest by this defendant, Siobhan Collins-Grant.
‘The knife had gone through her breast bone and penetrated her heart, causing catastrophic damage, there was nothing that could be done to save her.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Danyal Hussein