A man who stabbed his model ex-partner to death has been sentenced to life imprisonment. David Gikawa, 38, will serve a minimum of 21 years’ imprisonment for the murder of Linah Keza.
Gikawa killed Ms Keza at her flat on King Edward Road, E10 during the early hours of 31st July 2013.
The Old Bailey court heard that the couple who had a three-year old child together had recently separated.
At about 04:00hrs on the day of the murder, a neighbour heard screaming coming from Ms Keza’s flat. He was so concerned that he left his home to go check on her welfare.
From inside the flat he heard Ms Keza call for him to ‘Kick down the door’ and so he forced it open but Gikawa had his back against the door and prevented him from entering the flat.
The neighbour looked through a glass panel on the door and saw Gikawa with his arm around Ms Keza’s neck.
When he was able to fully open the front door to the flat, he found Ms Keza lying on the floor in a pool of blood. She had been stabbed.
Gikawa pushed past him and ran from the property, passing a second neighbour who was also making their way to investigate screaming coming from the flat.
Paramedics and police officers arrived but despite their efforts Ms Keza was pronounced dead.
A post mortem examination later gave the cause of death as stab wounds to the chest. A knife with its end broken off was found at the scene.
The pathologist noted the uppermost wound passed through the right lung and aorta and was caused by severe force.
A murder enquiry was immediately launched by detectives from the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command who began a manhunt to track down Gikawa. He handed himself in to police later that day and was arrested.