A "violent and dangerous" man has been convicted of the murder of Pardeep Kaur in Hillingdon after she was snatched on her way to work.
Vadims Ruskuls, 25, a Latvian national of no fixed address, who sexually assaulted then killed the 30-year-old woman before dumping her body, was convicted on Tuesday (April 11).
Following a week long trial at the Old Bailey, CCTV footage released by the Metropolitan Police shows the victim walking under the Harlington High Street flyover, with Ruskuls in the vicinty.
Ruskuls will be sentenced on Wednesday (April 12).
On Monday, October 17, 2016, Mrs Kaur was on her 40 minute walk to work at the Sheraton Skyline Hotel in Harlington where she worked as a housekeeper six days a week.
She set off at around 6am, as she had done for four years, but never returned home.
Mrs Kaur lived with her husband on Carnarvan Drive in Hayes , both working long hours, to save money to send to their six-year-old daughter who lives in India with her grandparents.
A missing persons appeal was launched by the police after her husband informed officers his wife had not come home that evening.
A police investigation saw officers examine the victim's phone data and quickly discovered the last call was picked up by a mast on top of Hayes Fire Station – next to the M4 motorway.
The call turned out to be Mrs Kaur's concerned supervisor but she did not answer.
Using CCTV footage detectives re-traced the victim's journey to work and the last sighting of her alive was caught on camera in Bedwell Gardens walking towards the ramp up to Harlington High Street.
By Thursday, October 20, 2016 the investigation was taken over by the Met's Homicide and Major Crime Command unit.
Two days later Pardeep’s body was found concealed beneath a sleeping bag covered with branches under the flyover.
Officers re-examined the CCTV footage and spotted a man walking ahead of Pardeep at around 6.30am on the day of her disappearance.
Around 25 minutes later the man was picked up by the same camera dragging a body along the walkway and back towards Bedwell Gardens, where the body was eventually found.
The following day a member of the public reported a man acting suspiciously in the area of Colbrook Avenue. He was later identified as Ruskuls.
PC Richard Lewis attended this call-out, and recognised Ruskuls from the CCTV of the attack circulated among officers. He went on to give evidence at the trial.
PC Lewis, who has been a police officer for five years, said: "A big part of my job, and the job of all Met officers, is remembering faces and names, and all the small details that could make the difference in a case.
"When I first encountered Ruskuls he was very unnerving, and I will never forget that meeting. So when I first saw the CCTV of this appalling attack, something about the suspect's appearance and body type was instantly familiar and I knew that it was the same person.
"I am just glad I was able to play a small part in bringing a dangerous offender to justice, and do my job effectively."
The Homicide team reviewed footage from the police van used to transport Ruskuls home and identified him as the same man in the CCTV.
He was wanted for murder and enquires were underway to locate and arrest him.
On Monday, October 31, 2016 Ruskuls was arrested on suspicion of murder and charged three days later , with a further charge of preventing lawful burial.
His DNA matched samples of several items of Pardeep’s clothing, as well as a black sock found nearby in the undergrowth.
Detective Inspector Jamie Stevenson, from the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: “This has been a truly shocking and horrendous case and Ruskuls has proved himself to be a violent and dangerous rapist and murderer.
"Pardeep was walking to work, as she did every day, when she suffered a horrific fate at the hands of Ruskuls, who sexually attacked and killed his defenceless victim before leaving her body in woodland. It is everybody's worst nightmare.
"Enquiries quickly led police to Ruskuls, and one of my officers was able to identify him from blurry CCTV footage of the attack taken from a distance.
"Ruskuls now faces a significant period behind bars, and I hope that this verdict allows Pardeep's family to grieve and eventually come to terms with what has happened to this loving wife and mother."
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