Evil Woman, 25, Jailed For Life For Choking To Death Her Vulnerable 53-Year-Old Boyfriend

An abusive 25-year-old woman who shared a humiliating photograph of her boyfriend bound with electrical cables before he choked to death has been jailed for life at Manchester Crown Court.

Charlotte Dootson has been jailed for life over the murder of Muhammed Mukhtar, Manchester Crown Court
Charlotte Dootson has been jailed for life over the murder of Muhammed Mukhtar, Manchester Crown Court

25-year-old Charlotte Dootson, strangled her boyfriend, 53-year-old Mohammed Mukhtar at his home in Manchester following a violent and abusive campaign against him.

Dootson was jailed for life on Tuesday at Manchester Crown Court and ordered to serve a minimum of 22 and a half years before she can be considered for parole.

The victim was found at around midday on August 30 by paramedics after they attended following a report that was made concerning his welfare

Mr Mukhtar, known as Amin was pronounced dead at his flat in the Miles Platting area of Manchester.

The victim had also suffered a laceration to his liver which had been caused by a stamp or a kick to his stomach by Dootson.

Earlier in the day, Dootson had phoned a man that she had been flirting with online seven days earlier.

Manchester Crown Court was told that during their conversation they engaged in sexual conversation with each other and exchanged sexual images.

Dootson had sent a photograph to the man showing Mr Mukhtar tied by his hands, feet, and neck on the sofa in his living room. The conversation went: Man: "Hope you don't do that to me." Dootson: "Never hang you." Man: "You can tie me up in a kinky way." Dootson: "Shouldn't that be the man x".

Man: "Oh that's if you into that x". Dootson: "I sure am, I'm into whips x".

Prosecuting, Alaric Bassano, said it was as if the defendant was "revelling in or amused" by the turmoil of Mr Mukhtar. He said: "Her violence against the deceased was gratuitous and her treatment of him degrading and humiliating."

A few hours after sending the photograph, Dootson phoned her father and told him that Mr Mukhtar was not moving or breathing and that she thought she had killed him. Her father told her to put him in the recovery position, start CPR and call an ambulance. Dootson refused and told him that she didn't want to alert the police and left the property.

Emergency services at the scene of the murder on Droitwich Road
Emergency services at the scene of the murder on Droitwich Road

25-year-old Charlotte Dootson was arrested in the street shortly after and pleaded guilty to the murder of Mr Mukhtar earlier this month.

Mr Bassano told the court how this was not an isolated incident and that during their four-year relationship, Dootson had repeatedly assaulted the victim, often with weapons, including knives, causing Mr Mukhtar to seek hospital treatment on two occasions.

The victim had previously told medics in March and July last year that Dootson had strangled him with extension leads.

Between May 2018 and July 2021, the police received 12 calls about Dootson being violent towards Mr Mukhtar, she was arrested on three occasions and charged once. No action was taken against her as Mr Mukhtar would never press charges, Manchester Crown Court was told.

At the time of the murder, Dootson was also being investigated for a separate allegation of assaulting Mr Mukhtar by strangulation.

Judge Patrick Field QC, sentencing, said Mr Mukhtar was a man of slight stature and had been described as a "gentle and kind man who faced considerable challenges in his life, particularly mental health problems".

When addressing Dootson he said: "He was undoubtedly a vulnerable man and you chose to take advantage of his vulnerability. The relationship was abusive and you were the abuser."

Tim Storrie QC, defending, told the court how Dootson suffered from a variety of mental disorders, most notably a personality disorder with disassociation traits, spending most of her adult life being homeless and in exploitative relationships.

He said to the court: "It is not her fault to any degree that she was the focus of some form of trauma in her young life. "It is the case that but for the trauma she may never have developed this disordered personality."

Judge Field dismissed this and said that Dootson's mental health issues only had a "limited impact" on her blameworthiness for the murder.

Mr Mukhtar's sister, Fozia, gave a victim statement on behalf of the family, she said: "Each and every one of us are tormented at the thought of what Amin endured in the final moments before his death.

"It is just pure evil and callous. Amin was a timid guy, he was just so quiet and kind. He wouldn't hurt anyone he did not deserve what you did to him.

"We can never forgive you for what you have done and for taking such a well-loved, genuine guy away from us all. Our hearts are broken."

Dootson who appeared on video link smirking throughout the hearing, smiled and held her thumbs up to the camera in response to the family's statement.

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