A VIOLENT Christmas Day killer who strangled the mother of his children from Harrow to death and then dumped her body in a canal has been jailed for life.
Manzar Juma, 28, collected Ruby Love, 23, on Christmas Eve 2011 from her mother's house in The Meadow Way and took her to his flat in Hexham Gardens, Northolt, in attempt to rekindle their relationship, which had produced two children.
But an argument broke out in the small hours of the following day and he murdered her by choking her. He then drove her body to Southall and dropped it into the Grand Union Canal in Bankside where it was discovered by a dogwalker hours later.
Juma denied murder at the Old Bailey but was found guilty by a majority 10 to 2 verdict on Monday, and was sentenced the same day.
The 28-year-old was given a mandatory life sentence and was told he must serve a minimum of 16 years before being considered for release.
The court heard Ms Love, who was born Rubina Malik, had been in a relationship with Juma for a number of years but had suffered domestic violence at his hands. She had had a third child with another man.
Jurors were told on Christmas Eve 2011, once she had been picked up by Juma, Ms Love sent a text message to a friend stating that she was back together with him and he was going to take her out for a meal.
The message indicated that they planned to visit the friend's house for a drink on the way to the restaurant.
However, the couple never arrived and later Ms Love's friend rang Juma to see where they were.
Juma answered but denied any knowledge of such plans or having had any contact with Ms Love since their last split.
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.
Security cameras caught the vehicle traveling along Uxbridge Road in Southall at 5,45am before turning into Bankside, a quiet cul-de-sac which runs parallel to the Grand Union Canal, and returning four minutes later.
Ms Love's corpse was spotted fully clothed and floating dace down in the water at 11.40am by a passer-by and later that afternoon Juma drove to West Ealing where he dumped Ms Love's mobile telephone in a rubbish bin.
The post-mortem examination of Ms Love's body concluded the 23-year-old had died from compression of the neck caused by a ligature and Juma was arrested on December 27, the day after Boxing Day.
Forensic evidence that proved Ms Love's body had been in the boot of Juma's Zafira helped convicted him.
Detective Chief Inspector Tim Duffield, of the Metropolitan Police's 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."