For rejecting his marriage proposal, a man stabbed his girlfriend multiple times before turning on himself in a murder-suicide attempt.

Images show the man writhing in agony as he begged onlookers to ‘finish him off.

According to reports, the man, 26, had followed her into the shop in the oil-rich Russian city of Ufa, in Bashkortostan region after waiting for her earlier near her house and she had tried to flee from him.

Her parents had been against a marriage between the pair because he had a criminal record. He had approached her outside the shop with a bunch of flowers and asked her to marry him, but she refused, and said she wanted to end their relationship, She then ran into the store shouting ‘Help!’ He followed screaming: ‘If I can’t have you, no-one else will’ before taking out a knife and stabbing her multiple times, he then plunged the knife into his own chest. Witnesses said she had been stabbed 17 times. ‘

A man stabbed his girlfriend out of jealousy, because she refused to continue the relations with him,’ said a statement from the Russian Investigative Committee, which deals with serious crime.