A nurse was stabbed and mutilated to death in a frenzied knife attack after arguing with her jealous ex-boyfriend.
Katie Cullen, 35, a senior hospital sister, was knifed repeatedly in the face and neck by asylum seeker Iman Ghaefelipour, 28.
Iranian-born Ghaefelipour was furious when Miss Cullen dumped him for stealing more than £3,000 from her bank account.
But when his plan to win back his former lover failed he fell into a violent rage and stabbed her more than 130 times.
Violent rage: Iranian-born Iman Ghaefelipour stabbed his former girlfriend Katie Cullen to death when his plan to win her back failed
After she had died Ghaelfelipour gouged out her right eyeball and attempted to sever her right hand with the knife.
He was today jailed for a minimum of 23 years after he pleaded guilty to her murder at Manchester Crown Court.
The jury heard Miss Cullen, a highly-respected senior sister in cardiology at the Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, began dating Ghaelfelipour in 2008 after attending a number of salsa classes at a nightclub.
Initially the couple had been close and he was introduced to her family and they talked of moving in together.
But the six-month affair soured when Miss Cullen discovered her jobless boyfriend had been stealing money from her bank account.
She initially went to police but decided against pressing charges after he vowed he would pay the money back in instalments.
The pair continued to communicate by text but the court heard Ghaefelipour failed to make some of his repayments.
Graham Wood QC, prosecuting, said: 'There is evidence of affectionate communication in text messaging right to the end of 2008 although Katie was describing him as possessive and very controlling to her friends.
'In the early part of 2009 communication began to become more businesslike and a relationship of boyfriend and girlfriend ground to a halt.
'The repayment arrangement which they had agreed upon was to be her downfall because in the months ahead it provided him with an excuse to keep in regular contact with her.
It is plain his affection for Katie had not diminished.'
In June last year Miss Cullen began a relationship with another man and Ghaefelipour attacked him in a jealous rage
when he saw them together.
On October 20 last year Ghaefelipour went to his ex-girlfriend's home on the pretext of discussing the outstanding money he owed.
Shortly after his arrival neighbours heard a scream and loud thudding noises coming from her terraced home in Stockport, Cheshire.
Ghaefelipour, of Urmston, Greater Manchester, fled and later went to hospital where he claimed he had been mugged and was treated for cuts to his hands.
The 28-year-old was later arrested by police officers as he boarded a bus though he initially denied her murder.
Judge Ernest Ryder told Ghaefelipour: 'No-one could have known that the misfortune she had in meeting you at a salsa dancing class
was going to be the trigger for her untimely death.
'There was nothing in her blameless life of public service which could have predicted what happened to her at your hands.
'Katie's family are bereft, devastated and haunted by the circumstances of her death and the brutal and senseless way you took a valuable life.'
After the case her mother Diane Cullen, who is also a nurse said: 'Katie was a very special daughter and sister and we are completely devastated at her tragic death.
'She saw only goodness in everyone
and had a generosity and selflessness that made her special. She loved people and enjoyed life and was warm-hearted, compassionate and sincere. The feeling we have that we were unable to protect her will haunt me for ever.'