Man charged with the murder of Zara Aleena 1 month ago

Man charged with the murder of Zara Aleena

He will appear at the Thames Magistrates Court later today.

29-year-old Jordan McSweeney has been charged with the murder, attempted rape and robbery of Zara Aleena.

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Ms Aleena, 35, was found with serious head injuries on a street in Ilford, east London on Sunday morning. She was transferred to hospital where she later passed away.

Now, as SkyNews reports, the Metropolitan Police have arrested Mr McSweeney, who is of no fixed abode. He will appear at the Thames Magistrates Court later today.

Ms Aleena's family have since paid tribute to her in a statement shared by the police.

It reads: "Zara, 35, a beloved human, child, niece, cousin, granddaughter, friend to all, she was a joy to all of us.

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"She was a carer for her mother, and her grandmother. Caring for others came so naturally to her.

"Zara was friendly, she was everybody's friend. She was everybody's daughter, everybody's niece, everybody's sister, everybody's cousin. She was pure of heart."

The statement finishes with: "Our loss is irreparable and the void feels insurmountable but the warmth and kindness that our community has shown is testament to the power of Zara's spirit. Her life has been stolen from us. She has been stolen from us all."

Zara was training to become a solicitor, and she was a law graduate of the University of Westminster.

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A spokesperson for the university said that the community was "shocked and deeply saddened" to learn of her passing "in such a tragic way".

They said: "Our thoughts are with Zara's family and loved ones at this dreadful time."

Yesterday, London Mayor Sadiq Khan said that he was "heartbroken" by the news.

"Understandably, women living in the area and across London will be feeling distressed and fearful after this awful attack and the death of another woman at the hands of a man," he said.

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