Mother who was stabbed to death by ex-convict boyfriend ignored daughter's warning about his violent past

Janet Scott had been stabbed and then run over by Simon Mellors after she had found out that he had only recently been released from prison for murdering his previous partner


                            Mother who was stabbed to death by ex-convict boyfriend ignored daughter's warning about his violent past

The daughter of a woman who was brutally murdered by her ex-boyfriend has spoken out about how she had warned her mother about the man. Janet Scott had been stabbed and then run over by double murderer Simon Mellors after she had found out that he had only recently been released from prison for murdering his previous girlfriend Pearl Black.

The daughter, Amelia Karnstein, has spoken out for the first time since her mother's death about how she had begged her mother to end the relationship with Mellors before he killed her too. Unfortunately, Karnstein's worst fears came true when, only months after telling her mother about Mellors' criminal past, Scott was attacked and killed at her home in Nottinghamshire. 

56-year-old Mellors was convicted of murdering his first partner Pearl Black in May 1999. He was let go on probation after he served his 12-year minimum term behind bars. He then met Scott at a bar in March last year and the two of them hit it off but he left out details of his nefarious past. Only eight months after they started dating, Scott realized that her partner's claims regarding his career did not match up and he also showed her an article online about his previous conviction, reported the Daily Mail.



 

Karnstein spoke about that time saying: "Mum was too deeply in love by then and believed she was safe because he underplayed his convictions. When she sent me the links to his conviction, I went hysterical and called her and said 'Mum, you can't do this, he's going to kill you too!' And that's what happened."

After he was charged with Scott's murder, Mellors was found dead at HMP Manchester on February 25 while he was waiting for his trial. Karnstein's family are currently looking for answers from the Ministry of Justice after she claimed that her mother had reported Mellors' behavior to the probation officers many times.

She said: "Wanting to give him the benefit of the doubt, mum stayed with him until New Year because she wanted him to be able to celebrate his first one out of prison — but she didn't know that'd be her last. She even offered for the two of them to be friends, but then he started following her on her way to work. She used to call me worried about what would've happened if she didn't turn around and see him."

20-year-old Karnstein had spent close to ten months with her mother and her killer boyfriend and, on January 29, 2017, Scott was stabbed and run over after an altercation ensued with Mellors.

Karnstein said: "I was at university when it happened, and as soon as the police turned up at my door I knew he'd done something to her. They told me that it started at the house, where he stabbed her, but she was still alive until he'd driven a car into her near his home. When they told me what happened my world came crashing down, as much as I wasn't surprised by what he'd done, I never thought I'd lose my mum. He manipulated everyone he met but especially my mum and he completely wore her down. My mum was the kindest, most loving and forgiving person there was and I still can't believe she was taken from us."

She and her five other siblings have made it a point to keep their mother's memory alive.



 

She said: "Mum is very much a part of our lives every day - the house is covered in pictures of her and she's brought up in every conversation we have. She had three morals that she always stuck to: always travel, always put family first and always see the world for the best it could be - and that's what we live by. She was a very charitable person also, so we all try and do our best for charity and often sit down with families who have lost their parents and share our story with them. Although nothing is going to bring her back, there's things we strive to do every day to keep her alive and not let this monster have the last laugh."

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice said: "This is a tragic case and our sincere condolences are with the victim's family and friends. Serious further offences such as this are very rare, but each one is taken extremely seriously and investigated fully. A full review into this case is underway, and we will carefully consider the findings to make sure all possible lessons are learnt."