“If I cannot have them, neither can he.”
Samira Lupidi loved her two daughters. She lived for them. She said, “they were my strength. “
And so when she had an argument with their father, in which she says he slapped her several times, she gathered them up and fled.
There are two contrasting descriptions of Samira Lupidi. Was she a young 24-year-old fleeing domestic violence or was she a violent monster who stabbed her two toddlers brutally – each nine times through their chest – after attempting to smother them and then admitting “If I can’t have them, he can’t have them either.”
Or is she both?
The 24-year-old mother, originally from Italy, has been found guilty of the murders of her two young daughters, Jasmine Weaver, 17 months and Evelyn Lupidi, aged 3 at a women’s refuge in West Yorkshire in the UK.
Guilty of violently stabbing them with a large kitchen knife after arguing with her former partner on the phone.
Jasmine Weaver, 17 months and Evelyn Lupidi, aged 3 were murdered by their mother. Via Facebook.
Lupidi had told officers that the girls' father - her partner, Carl Weaver, 31 – had slapped her twice the night before and she was scared he was going to kill her.
The two had met in Lupidi’s native Italy and had moved to the UK in 2013. The court heard Lupidi was alone and isolated and was prone to “jealousy” accusing Weaver of “seeing other women.”
Weaver said there were arguments and he “threw things” but never violence. The police officer who attended told the court Lupidi told them Mr Weaver was psychologically and financially controlling.
She said that Lupidi told her that Evelyn was autistic and appeared to require constant attention from her mother. The officer said she had contacted refuges in the West Yorkshire area for Lupidi and the mother and two daughters were relocated there.
According to the BBC Weaver told the court that on November 16 last year he returned from work to find Lupidi and their children gone.
He contacted the police and was told they were safe.
She stabbed the two girls 9 times. Via Facebook.
The next morning, Weaver said Lupidi rang him at about 11.45am
"She was panicking and crying, shouting and screaming, and said she had 'killed the babies'. I heard the word 'knife'," Mr Weaver said.
Peter Moulson, QC, prosecuting, told the jury staff at the refuge found Lupidi running out of the flat she had been allocated and shouting that she had "killed the children".
He said the worker noted her hands were smeared with blood.
Mr Moulson said Lupidi told another member of staff: "It's his fault. Now he has a reason to kill me. If I can't have them, he can't have them either.
"He was coming to get me. I had to do this."
She said she "had to do it." Via Facebook.
The jury heard that a 33cm stainless steel kitchen knife with a 21cm blade was recovered from the bed of one of the little girls.
He said that after Lupidi was arrested, she said: "I know what I have done. My life is nothing now."