Man murdered single mother who he met on dating website
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.
The couple had arranged to have sex together on the evening of October 7 last year, having met online around seven months before.
They had both undressed when Donnelly attacked the mother-of-one in a drunken rage, stabbing her 16 times and punching her around the head.
He also caused injuries to her mouth as he tried to stop her from screaming as he strangled her, the court heard.
Ms Patel was discovered the next day when the boy's grandfather arrived to pick him up and was told his mother was still sleeping.
Her battered body was found amid drink bottles and glasses inside the flat.
A manhunt for Donnelly was launched after police found his house keys inside Ms Patel's home and matched forensic samples on a wine glass.
At about 3am, he had gone to the west London home of 43-year-old Rosie Ferrigno, where he stayed for the next 36 hours.
Police said that at some point he made sexual advances towards her, and hit her on the back of the head with a stool when she refused.
Donnelly was arrested on October 11 last year after he phoned police and told them where he was.
Donnelly, who had a lifestyle of drink and drugs and a long criminal history, had denied murder and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
But on the day of his trial, the defendant, of Hall Place, Paddington, west London, pleaded guilty to the charges.
Sentencing was adjourned until Thursday, when the facts of the case will be outlined by prosecutor Simon Denison QC.
Afterwards, Detective Inspector James Stevenson, of Scotland Yard, said: "Donnelly declined to answer any questions put to him during his police interviews and has never offered any information as to why he assaulted and killed Usha Patel that night.
"Usha's family are completely devastated. Today, I am pleased that Donnelly now faces a considerable prison sentence."