Miscegenation mishap in Yorkshire

Sadistic Afghan asylum seeker made ex-girlfriend watch him stab her sister and friend to death because she wouldn’t take him back

  • Ahmad Otak spat on 17-year-old Kimberley Frank’s body after stabbing her to death in front of her sister Elisa Frank, 19, in Wakefield, Yorkshire
  • He then lured his ex-girlfriend’s friend Samantha Sykes, 18, to Kimberley’s flat where he stabbed the teenager repeatedly before slitting her throat
  • The 21-year-old had previously threatened to kill Elisa Frank’s friends and members of her family after she left her ‘controlling’ partner, a court heard
  • Otak, 21, murdered the two women ‘out of childish jealousy and vicious spite’ a judge at Leeds Crown Court said
  • He will serve at least 34 years in prison after admitting two counts of murder

By Kerry Mcdermott

PUBLISHED: 17:54 GMT, 9 November 2012 | UPDATED: 18:27 GMT, 9 November 2012

A ‘sadistic’ asylum seeker who forced his former girlfriend to witness him stabbing her sister and her friend to death after she refused to take him back has been jailed for life.

Afghan national Ahmad Otak laughed and spat on 17-year-old Kimberley Frank’s body after stabbing her 15 times at her home in Yorkshire while her sister Elisa watched helplessly.

He then tied his ex-partner up with electrical flex and lured her friend Samantha Sykes, 18, to Kimberley’s flat in Wakefield, where he stabbed the teenager repeatedly before slitting her throat.

'Sadistic': Afghan asylum-seeker Ahmad Otak will serve a minimum of 34 years for the murders of Kimberley Frank and Samantha Sykes‘Sadistic': Afghan asylum-seeker Ahmad Otak will serve a minimum of 34 years for the murders of Kimberley Frank and Samantha Sykes

 

Teenage victims: Samantha Sykes (left), 18, and Kimberley Frank (right), 17, were stabbed repeatedly by Afghan national Ahmad Otak at Kimberley's Wakefield flatTeenage victims: Samantha Sykes (left), 18, and Kimberley Frank (right), 17, were stabbed repeatedly by Afghan national Ahmad Otak at Kimberley’s Wakefield flat

Otak, who admitted two counts of murder at a previous hearing at Leeds Crown Court, was ordered to serve a minimum of 34 years in jail by a judge who described the 21-year-old as an ‘inadequate, controlling man’, who ‘out of childish jealousy and vicious spite murdered two women in cold blood’.

Leeds Crown Court was told how Otak abducted his ex-girlfriend Elisa, 19, after killing the two women, using Miss Sykes’ car to drive to Dover in a failed bid to flee to France.

His plan was foiled when a fellow refugee managed to raise the alarm.

After being arrested the murderer claimed he was aided in the killing by Elisa Frank, who he had planned to marry.

Leeds Crown Court was told that Elisa had met Otak in a children’s home after he arrived in the UK from Afghanistan in 2007, claiming he was 16 years old.

The pair had an on-off relationship and had planned to marry in 2011, but when Otak became more controlling Miss Frank called off the wedding, the court heard.

Prosecutor Richard Mansell QC said: ‘He said that even if she didn’t marry him she could not leave him. He told her that he would go crazy and would kill people.’

 

‘He said that…she could not leave him. He told her that he would go crazy and kill people’

Prosecutor Richard Mansell QC

He later claimed he was joking but later threatened to kill Elisa, her friends and members of family – including his eventual victims Samantha Sykes and Miss Frank’s sister Kimberley.

‘He told her that if she stayed with him she would be saving lives,’ Mr Mansell said.

On one occasion after Elisa had shouted at Otak he produced a knife and told her that if she screamed he would sew her mouth shut.

Mr.Mansell said Elisa was too frightened to report what had happened to the police but Samantha Sykes, 18, was not and reported Otak to the UK Border Agency as an illegal immigrant and contacted police, but no action was taken because Elisa declined to make a statement.

In September last year she finally decided to leave him for good but relented when he threatened to throw acid in her face and petrol bomb her mother’s house.

On one occasion Otak said he had prepared ‘kill list’ of 12 people he believed were trying to split the couple up.

Ahmed Otak pleaded guilty to the murders of Kimberley Frank and Samantha Sykes
Sadistic Otak forced his ex-girlfriend Elisa Frank (right) to watch as he stabbed her sister Kimberley (left) to death

‘Horrific': Otak, left, stabbed Kimberley Frank (right with her sister Elisa Frank) to death at her home in Wakefield while her sister watched helplessly

In March this year Elisa Frank moved out of the flat they shared in Wakefield, West Yorks.

On March 9th after she demanded her belongings back from Otak, he went and bought a carving knife and went to Kimberley’s flat in Barden Road, Wakefield, where she was with Elisa, who had again refused to go back to Otak.

All three were in the hallway when Otak suddenly attacked Kimberley. ‘He stabbed and slashed her repeatedly with the knife in a frenzied attack,’ said Mr.Mansell.

She had 15 wounds, the court heard including a massive stab wound to the neck.

Scene: The bodies of murdered teenagers Kimberley Frank and Samantha Sykes were found at Miss Frank's flat in WakefieldScene: The bodies of murdered teenagers Kimberley Frank and Samantha Sykes were found at Miss Frank’s flat in Wakefield

After the killing Otak ordered Elisa to sit down and claimed she had made him do it and if she had gone back to him it would not have happened.

Otak took Miss Sykes car after he killed her and drove to to Dover in a bid to flee to FranceOtak took Miss Sykes car after he killed her and drove to to Dover in a bid to flee to France

Mr.Mansell said: ‘At one point he stood over Kimberley’s body, laughed, licked blood from the knife and spat on her.

‘He then told Elisa he was going to kill more people and made her send several text messages to Samantha Sykes, asking her to come to the flat.’

He then tied Elisa up with electrical flex. When Samantha arrived at the flat Otak let her in and then attacked her, stabbing and slashing her repeatedly.

After the killings Otak took his ex-girlfriend and drove to Dover in Miss Sykes’ car in a bid to flee to France, but was arrested when an Iranian illegal immigrant who was trying to get out of the UK helped Elisa get free after she told him her story as they tried to board a lorry.

After his arrest Otak claimed he had carried out the killings for Elisa ‘whose plan it was’, telling police ‘she forced me to do this thing. She said “kill my sister and friend”.’

He said he killed Samantha because she was a model and he was jealous of her.

Mr.Jonathan Turner QC, defending said that although the ‘horror of his actions can not be explained’ he said they were the actions of a man not in full control of his own mind.

Jailing Otak for 34 years, less 241 days spent in custody, Mr.Justice Coulson told him it was an ‘horrific case’.

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