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Mechanic faces life for rape and murder of lawyer

Mechanic faces life for rape and murder of lawyer

A mechanic who raped and strangled a "beautiful and talented" young lawyer in her own home is facing life behind bars.

Peter Kibisu, 23, attacked Elizabeth Nnyanzi, a former Cheltenham Ladies' College pupil, in the bedroom of her £600,000 family house in Harrow, north west London, on August 14 last year.

At the time of her death, Miss Nnyanzi, 31, had recently started work at a top law firm while the defendant, a close family friend, was lodging in the house.

In November last year, Kibisu, of Northumberland Road, Harrow, pleaded guilty to her murder and the case was adjourned to allow the prosecution time to decide whether to go ahead with a rape trial in February.

But during a brief hearing at the Old Bailey today, Kibisu also admitted carrying out the rape.

His lawyer Courtenay Griffiths QC had told the court that his actions came like a "bolt from the blue".

Following her murder, family members described Miss Nnyanzi as a "beautiful and talented" young woman, who had decided to follow in her father's footsteps by taking up a career in law.

They described her as a "young star" and said her death was a "huge loss to society".

A keen singer who had performed at the Royal Albert Hall, she was also said to have worked for a number of charities and been involved in fundraising.

The Common Serjeant of London, Judge Richard Marks QC, adjourned sentencing until February 1 after hearing that the victim's father, who is currently in hospital, particularly wanted to be in court.

Prosecutor Louise Oakley said: "This is obviously a very important time for the family and they would all like to be there."

The judge told the court that he had already received and read a psychiatric report on Kibisu's mental state.

The defendant, who wore a grey suit jacket and sweater, was remanded in custody. He sat impassively in the dock throughout the short hearing.