"Fatima was subjected to a horrific attack in her own home."
Two men and a woman were arrested on October 10, 2019, following the death of mum-of-three Suvekshya Burathoki at her home in Highfields, Leicester.
The 32-year-old, known as Fatima and originally from Nepal, was found at her home on Bartholomew Street and was pronounced dead at the scene.
A post-mortem examination found that she had suffered multiple stab wounds.
Fatima was a mother to two young sons and a young daughter.
It was believed that the children had been at home at the time of the attack, which prompted a murder investigation to be launched.
Detective Inspector Mark Sinski is leading the investigation and explained:
“We know that Fatima was subjected to a horrific attack in her own home.
“The person who violently attacked her then left the address.
“To date, a number of people who live in and around Bartholomew Street have been spoken to by detectives, who are continuing to pursue a number of lines of enquiry.
“I would like to reassure people living in Bartholomew Street – and the surrounding area – that I believe this was an isolated incident.”
Police have now confirmed that three people have been arrested in connection with Fatima’s death. They were arrested at an address in Coventry during the afternoon of October 10, 2019.
A 29-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder. Another 29-year-old man and a 33-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.
Leicestershire Police have said that the three suspects are in custody, however, inquiries are ongoing.
DI Sinski said:
“As a result of our enquiries carried out to date, we have this afternoon arrested three people – one on suspicion of murder.
“While we’ve made these arrests, our investigation into Fatima’s death is still very much ongoing and I would still like to speak to anyone who is yet to come forward with information.”
Leicester Mercury reported that Fatima’s friend and neighbour Eelize Jones described the mum-of-three as “adorable”.
She said: “Her daughter was besotted with her, as were her two boys. She loved everybody and would do anything for anybody.
“She was a great friend to me and I still can’t believe I am having to use the word ‘was’.”
DI Sinski added: “As I have said before, we owe it to Fatima and her family to find the person responsible and bring them to justice.
“I would still like to speak to anyone who was in Bartholomew Street or the surrounding area any time between 7 am and 8:40 am on Tuesday.
“Any information you have could help with our ongoing investigation.”
Information can be passed by contacting police on 101 or by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
The public can also visit the online public portal mipp.police.uk.