Jealous father who stabbed ex-girlfriend to death jailed for life

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: David Gikawa David Gikawa

A father who stabbed his daughter's mother to death in a jealous rage has been jailed for life.

David Gikawa, 38, was sentenced at the Old Bailey today for the murder of former Miss Rwanda, Linah Keza.

Miss Keza who lived with her three-year-old daughter in King Edward Road, Leyton, was killed at around 4am on July 31 last year.

The model and talented dancer pleaded with a neighbour to kick her door down before her ex-boyfriend stabbed her and left her in a pool of blood.

The 29-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.

A knife with the end broken off was found at the scene of the killing.

Gikawa fled after the neighbour forced his way in, but handed himself in to police the next day.

An IPCC investigation is ongoing after it was revealed that Miss Keza had filed a police report about Gikawa, the father of her daughter, just two days before he killed her.

The couple had recently seperated and it is alleged Miss Keza told officers Gikawa had said he would kill any man that she went out with.

Today, the Judge awarded a public commendation and reward to the neighbour who came to the aid of Miss Keza on the night of her death.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said it is investigating police contact with the mother-of-one and her former partner between July 23 and 31, and whether information dating back to 2010 was available to officers.

Gikawa must serve a minimum of 21 years in prison.

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