Thursday 26 April 2018

Man admits murdering woman he met on dating website in 'drunken rage'

Usha Patel Credit: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire
Usha Patel Credit: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire

Emily Pennink

A man has admitted murdering a single mother he met on a dating website in a "drunken rage".

Miles Donnelly, 35, strangled 44-year-old Usha Patel at the home she shared with her five-year-old son in Cricklewood, north-west London, on October 8 last year.

During the killing, he stabbed Ms Patel 16 times in the stomach, punched her around the head and injured her mouth as he attempted to stop her from screaming, the court heard.

Ms Patel had been particularly vulnerable as she was undressed at home expecting to have sex with Donnelly when he attacked her, the court heard.

Miles Donnelly Credit: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire
Miles Donnelly Credit: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire

She was discovered the next day when the boy's grandfather arrived to pick him up and was told the mother was still sleeping.

Ms Patel's battered body was found amid drink bottles and glasses.

Meanwhile, Donnelly went on to assault a second woman, Rosie Ferrigno, causing her actual bodily harm.

Donnelly, who had a lifestyle of drink and drugs and a long criminal history, had denied the charges against him but changed his plea on the first day of the trial at the Old Bailey.

Donnelly, of Hall Place, Paddington, west London, pleaded guilty to both charges, of murder and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

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