‘Could have been me’: Woman met killer on Tinder
A WOMAN who went on a Tinder date with a killer the night before he murdered his ex-girlfriend has revealed the haunting text she sent him.
After seeing reports of the knife attack on the news the 27-year-old messaged Joshua Stimpson to say: "Have you heard what's happened?"
She only found out he was the man behind the brutal killing when the police called her following his arrest, The Sun reports.
The woman, who asked not to be named, told the Mirror: "I couldn't believe it. I was scared, later down the line that could have been me."
After he was jailed for life for the murder of Molly McLaren, his date spoke out.
He had invited her to his house and cooked for her, before they watched Love Island.
Earlier in the evening he had taken her to a pub where he knew his 23-year-old ex was having a night out.
The next day he stabbed Molly 75 times as she sat in her car outside her gym in Chatham, Kent.
Stimpson ambushed Molly with a kitchen knife in a shopping centre car park on June 29, last year.
The warehouse worker, 25, stabbed the Kent University student - who he met on Tinder - more than 75 times in her Citroen C2.
Frightened Molly had twice told Kent Police he was stalking her. Officers spoke to him twice but left him free.
Stimpson had previously been reported three times to Staffordshire Police by another ex who he pestered and threatened to drown.
A review into how Kent Police handled Molly's fears is being carried out.
Molly's shattered family called for greater awareness of the dangers of stalking after the murderer was jailed for a minimum of 26 years.
Judge Adele Williams branded Stimpson "narcissistic and supremely callous" and for the "cruel, calculated and cowardly" attack.
"This was an act of wickedness. You took away Molly's life, quite deliberately in the most vicious fashion.
"You slit her throat while repeatedly stabbing her. You did this because she had brought the relationship with you to an end."
Molly's mum Joanne, 58, said in a statement outside Maidstone crown court: "We are serving a lifetime of pain, anguish and loss."
This article originally appeared on The Sun and has been republished with permission.