VERY WICKED! Jealous Man Stabs His Girlfriend Over 30 Times After He Saw Her Dancing With Another Guy
Aug. 08, 2020
A killer who stabbed his girlfriend 32 times after seeing her dance with another man has been jailed for at least 22 years.
Keith Rizzo, 23, was handed down a life sentence at the High Court in Glasgow for the brutal murder of Neomi Smith.
The couple got together in early 2019 and the relationship quickly turned violent.
The court heard how Rizzo – who had a previous domestic abuse conviction – once choked the 23-year-old care worker until she passed out.
Keith Rizzo, 23
On another occasion an argument at her flat in Brechin, Scotland, ended in Rizzo smashing a mirror, throwing his phone and Neomi ending up disoriented in her stairwell with a large bump on her head.
On the night before June 9, the couple were partying at Hudson's Bar when Rizzo became enraged at the sight of his girlfriend with another man on the dancefloor.
His friend Cameron Saunders described how Rizzo stormed out after seeing the pair "bumping bums".
"They were dancing away for a while when Keith said 'that's enough'," he told the court.
Neomi was left in tears and was heard to say: "This is what I have to put up with."
She confessed to her friend Kayleigh Cameron that Rizzo had been abusing her.
"I asked her if she was going to be safe," Ms Cameron recalled. "She replied: 'Yes'.
"She told me that she would lock the door and would keep her key in, so he could not use his to gain access."
But it wasn't enough. That night Rizzo forced his way into her flat before attacking Neomi.
He choked her, beat her and used two different knives to stab her 32 times.
The killer began covering his tracks straight away, racing to her neighbour Stephen Alexander's house to tell him he'd heard his girlfriend arguing with "someone" while he was in the shower.
Mr Alexander called 999 when he saw the scene of "carnage".
He said: "It looked as though a battle had taken place. There was bottles of sauce, fruit and vegetables amongst the broken glass."
When paramedic Angela McKenzie arrived she said the scene was "like a horror movie", including Ms Smith's horrific injuries.
"I can't even describe it – it was like Leerdammer cheese," she said.
"It was full of holes – the back of her head and her neck. I gave up counting how many holes there were."
Rizzo was arrested and placed on remand. While his mum was visiting him in Perth prison some weeks later, he concocted a bizarre story of how two men had broken into the flat and stabbed Ms Smith, saying she owed them money.
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He claimed the men framed him for her murder and said "this is not the first time we have done this".
There was no sign of the so-called attackers on any CCTV of the area, and prosecutor Duncan McPhie branded the story "far fetched" and "incredible".
Judge Lady Rae said Rizzo, who appeared for sentencing via video-link from prison, a "jealous and possessive young man".
"Only you can reveal the precise series of events," she told him.
"What is now known is that you carried out a savage, vicious and prolonged attack on a defenceless young woman in the kitchen of the flat you shared with her."
The judge described "what a price" Neomi had paid for just trying to "enjoy herself" at the pub that evening.
"All of this showed a callous attitude of someone who has done his utmost to avoid taking responsibility for this brutal crime."
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