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Family's anguish over Watford woman Sharlana Diedrick's fatal stabbing
The family of Sharlana Diedrick, who was stabbed to death by her estranged partner in September, have spoken of the "horror" of reliving her brutal murder for the past year.
Ms Diedrick, from Watford, was found in her car in Wyborne Way, London, with more than a dozen stab wounds to her chest and abdomen.
The 32-year-old had been murdered by Marvin Samuels, who earlier that day had raped and beaten a complete stranger.
Sharlana's sister Karlana said: "I will never forget the night my 17-year-old daughter answered the phone to hear her grandma screaming down the phone hysterically that Sharlana had been killed.
"It was hard watching Sharlana's eldest son crying all the time and being unable to sleep for months as he constantly relived the horror of what actually happened to his mother.
"I remember he was blaming himself thinking there was something he could have done to prevent it. I am so thankful that he was not there at the time as it so easily could have been him too."
Karlana described how the image of Samuels making aeroplanes out of his paperwork during the trial would "stick with me for a long time".
She added: "He has shown no remorse through this whole procedure and I feel he has not been entirely truthful with the court regarding his movements that day.
"We will never really know what happened and my family and I will have to live with that forever."
Sharlana’s family had to attend a number of court cases in order to gain custody of her four children from Samuels.
Speaking at the trial, her sister Marlana said: "You took away a young mother of two girls and two boys, one boy whose life was only just beginning and one who was just entering his GCSE years.
"Four children’s lives were ruined forever the night you took their mother away, and are still grieving one year on and not living a normal childhood.
"I wonder how you would have felt watching a three-year-old boy confused crying out for his mum every night for months on end.
"One day you will have to face the horrors you have inflicted on our family and that will be the day that you come face-to-face with your son and have to explain to him why he has had to go through his life without a mother or a father.
"Sharlana's oldest girl started secondary school this September, a time when a girl needs her mum the most as she enters adolescence. You robbed her girls of that."
Samuels, 31, was convicted of Sharlana’s murder, and for the rape of a 42-year-old woman, at the Old Bailey yesterday, and awaits sentence on October 14.
Marlana added: "No one at the age of 32-years-old expects that their life will be cut short by the very person who is supposed to be the one to protect them.
"Sadly, it was no surprise to us that my sister would end up dead at your hands. Perhaps the surprise was the gruesome way she met her untimely death."
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