A MAN who strangled his girlfriend on Christmas Day and dumped her body in the Grand Union Canal in Southall has today been jailed for life after being found guilty of murder.
Manzar Juma of Hexham Gardens, Northolt was convicted at the Old Bailey of murdering 23-year old Ruby Love on Sunday December 25.
He was given a life sentence and told to he must serve a minimum of 16 years before being considered for release.
The court heard that at the time of her death Ruby, from Harrow, had been in a relationship with Juma for a number of years. They also heard that she had suffered domestic violence but had decided to restart their relationship the evening before her death. Between 1.30am and 1.45am on Christmas morning a couple living next door to Juma heard shouting coming from his flat.
They also heard a faint female voice pleading "no". Around three hours later the same neighbours were woken by Juma re-entering their block of flats before leaving again and driving away in his Vauxhall Zafira.
A few hours later on the same morning CCTV captured the vehicle travelling along the Uxbridge Road in Southall before turning into Bankside, a quiet cul-de-sac which runs parallel to the Grand Union Canal. The footage revealed the Vauxhall Zafira remained in Bankside for approximately four minutes before it drove out and back onto the Uxbridge Road.
Ruby’s body was discovered by a dog walker at 11:42am that same day. She was fully-clothed and floating face-down in the Canal. A post mortem examination later concluded that she had died from compression of the neck caused by a ligature.
Later that afternoon Juma drove to West Ealing where he dumped Ms Love’s mobile telephone in a rubbish bin.
Juma was arrested on December 27 and his Zafira seized. Forensic evidence linked Ruby’s body to the boot of his car.
Despite claiming that he had driven Ms Love to a venue in Southall and had left her safe and well, Juma was charged with her murder on December 29.
Detective Chief Inspector Tim Duffield, Homicide and Serious Crime Command (HSCC), said: "Today the truth finally caught up with Manzar Jama. Not only did he strangle Ruby and callously dump her body in a canal, he then wove a web of lies to try to avoid capture.
"Our deepest sympathies go out to Ruby Love’s friends and family as they try to come to terms with their loss and I hope that today’s conviction provides them with some small measure of solace."