A SHEFFIELD killer who stabbed and strangled his friend to death after she rejected his sexual advances has been jailed for life. Halefom Weldeyohannes, 26, must serve a minimum of 21 years behind bars for the murder of 19-year-old Yordanos Brhane. Birmingham Crown Court heard that paramedics found the victim lying in a pool of blood. They had been forced to wait half an hour before being able to enter Ms. Brhane’s home in Unett Street, Birmingham, on July 31st, 2021.
The court heard in evidence that Weldeyohannes launched the attack after Ms. Brhane said she had no romantic interest in him and saw him more like a brother. The pair had grown up in the same village in Eritrea. Weldeyohannes, of Sheffield city centre, fled the property after the killing and was the subject of a nationwide manhunt. He was captured by police the following day at the home of a friend in Stoke-on-Trent. The killer pleaded guilty to murder.
In a statement, Ms. Brhane’s family said: “Yordanos wanted to be a doctor, or a teacher, in the future. She left Eritrea for a better life in the UK but instead she was murdered in her own home.”