A sex predator with several convictions admitted killing a woman on Friday as she walked home in London – one of a series of attacks that has raised concerns about the safety of women on the city’s streets. .
Jordan McSweeney, 29, pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting and murdering Zara Elena, 35, who was attacked and left for dead in a driveway after a night out in June. Elena died from multiple injuries after being kicked and stamped on by McSweeney. The BBC reported..
Prosecutors said McSweeney had a long criminal record, with 28 convictions for 69 offences, including criminal damage, theft and assault. He was released from prison before he attacked Alina, a law school graduate training to be a lawyer.
A judge at London’s Central Criminal Court set a sentencing date for December 14.
The killing followed several other incidents in which women were killed by strangers, including– Killed by a serving police officer in 2020 – and She was attacked while walking in a park the following year. The killings sparked protests demanding more protection for women and girls.
According to the BBC, Alina’s aunt said, “Zara was not a woman who was unaware that there were dangers in the world. She had no idea what would happen to these women.” “She didn’t know she was going to be on that list because she had these precautions in mind.”
Senior Crown prosecutor Olke Sapanoglu welcomed the guilty pleas to the “horrific attack on a woman walking home after a night out with a friend”.
“Zara’s family will never recover from the senseless loss of their daughter, but I hope that these perpetrators will bring them some comfort,” Sapanoglu said.