Student stabbed to death by ex-boyfriend 'she met on Tinder'

Student 'stabbed to death by ex-boyfriend she met on Tinder'

Molly McLaren had first met Joshua Stimpson through Tinder

Thursday, January 25, 2018

A student was stabbed death by a man she first met through Tinder, it is claimed.

Joshua Stimpson stands accused of murdering 23-year-old Molly McLaren on June 29 last year. Stimpson has admitted manslaughter, but denies murder.

The pair had been in a relationship for several months, and Stimpson stabbed the 23-year-old to death just 12 days after they broke up.

A court heard that Stimpson followed McLaren to the gym and was waiting for her in the car park after talking to her inside.

Whilst Stimpson was in the gym, McLaren, an aspiring personal trainer, allegedly asked "are you following me now?" Jurors were also read concerned text messages sent to McLaren's family and friends.

McLaren is said to have called her mother, who told her to go home, and sent a message to a WhatsApp group which said "feel like I'm looking over my shoulder all the time."

She managed to get into her car, but before she could go anywhere Stimpson stabbed her neck several times.

It is also claimed McLaren had previously told a family member she was fearful that Stimpson could attack her, saying "I don't know how on edge he is."

When they broke up Stimpson is thought to have used social media to post offensive comments about his former girlfriend. She reported the matter to the police just a week before she died.