Evil Monster! Soldier Stabs Girlfriend 11 Times, Hides Her Body Inside Cupboard (Photos)
Jay Nava, a 27-year-old soldier was today jailed for life for stabbing his girlfriend 11 times before hiding her body in the cupboard and telling her kids the blood on the wall was “ketchup”.
Winchester crown court heard the mum-of-two had discovered Nava was investigated by police for an alleged s*xual assault, and had confronted him about it on the night of her death.
She was stabbed with such force six of the wounds went through her torso and out of her back.
One young child was “woken by a scream” and came downstairs to ask Nava for a drink, jurors heard.
He told the child that blood on the walls was “ketchup” after she found the young mum lying dead under a blanket.
The squaddie took the children to his grandparents’ home.
He then contacted his mum in Australia, confessed to killing Natasha and said he was going to kill himself, the court heard.
Cops found him just in time to revive him as they searched beauty spot Hengistbury Head near Christchurch, Dorset.
The jury heard he told a cop who intervened to save his life: “I want to die”.
The soldier, based at the Royal Artillery’s 29 Commando Regiment in Plymouth, Devon, was convicted of murder by a jury yesterday following a two-week trial.
The father-of-two, wearing a stripey blue shirt and grey tie, remained emotionless as Judge Jane Miller QC sentenced him to a minimum of 21 years in prison.
Judge Miller QC told him: “Natasha Wake was a beautiful young woman and you killed her in a frenzied and violent outburst.
“Her relationship with you worried her family, she had gone from infatuated with you to scared of you.
“You were controlling and manipulating and were seen before to punch her in the face, once in front of her friend and once in front of your own grandmother.”
She continued: “You are just a selfish young man with a violent disposition. You simply attacked her, probably just to shut her up.
“It was a ferocious attack on a drunk and innocent woman.
“Upstairs at the time and asleep were three children, one your own daughter who came downstairs and saw the aftermath.”
She added: “I must impose a life sentence as it was a savage and ferocious assault with a knife.”
Victim impact statements from Natasha’s parents were read to the court as they watched on.
Her mother, Shelley Powell, who cried during the hearing, said in her statement “her family has been shattered by a moment of senseless rage”.
Ms Powell, who described her daughter as her “best friend”, said: “The loss of a child has always been unthinkable and having to live with the reality of the loss of Natasha is unbearable.
“Natasha was a huge part of our lives and our family has been shattered by a moment of senseless rage.
“We are haunted by Natasha’s last few moments. I know her fears – that she would not live to see her children grow up.
“The hideous thought that she may have seen her end and known this fear to be coming true is very hard for us to come to terms with.
“My relationship with Natasha – mother and daughter and best friends – is one that will never be replaced.
“Her loss will always leave a huge void, I will always miss her.”
Her father, John Wake, also paid an emotional tribute to his daughter and was visibly upset during the hearing.
Mr Wake said: “The devastation was immediate and all consuming, it has changed my life and my family’s life forever.
“Right now, I still cannot believe I will never hear from Natasha again or receive that phone call that starts with ‘Daddy’.
“We would go on clothes shopping trips for her, one of her favourite things to do. I just loved looking at her having fun and enjoying every minute.
“There will be no more shopping trips now, I will never see that smile, that excitement again and I will miss it so much.”
Nava began a relationship with Nationwide bank worker Natasha in January 2013, the court heard.
He joined the Army two years later and served with the Royal Artillery’s 29 Commando Regiment based in Plymouth, Devon.
Nava left three notes at her home saying “why he stabbed her was beyond him”, apologising to her mother and saying he planned to kill himself.
Peter Griffiths QC, defending, said: “There was a build up that led to this, there was an explosion of violence but no pre-meditation. There is genuine remorse.”
The barrister said police found three notes written by Nava, including one apologising to Natasha’s mum Shelley.
It said: “Tasha died at 11. I was ashamed to take my own life. She was the only person that I loved and loved me.
“Shelley, I’m sorry for hurting your daughter. I’ll take my own life soon, I loved her. Why I did this is beyond me… that’s why I killed myself.”
Another read: “I wish I had a gun to shoot myself, if I did it would have been done by now but I needed to get all the kids away as they shouldn’t see this.
“I’m very weak and scared, I have been for a long time now. I’ll see you again Tasha in the next world x.”
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