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Man convicted of killing woman on Christmas Day in Forest Gate

Yahya Aboukar killed Kirsty Louise Ashley last December (Credit: Metropolitan Police)

A man has been convicted of the manslaughter of a woman in Forest Gate.

Yahya Aboukar, 27, told police he had spent Christmas Day watching TV with Kirsty Louise Ashley, 29, at a property in Earlham Grove when an argument broke out.

He claimed he “lost control” and hit her twice after she became violent. He also said she struck her head on a bar bell weight during a fall.

Police were called to the scene at around 11.55am on Boxing Day. Inside Aboukar’s bedroom they found signs of a struggle, including a bar bell weight, a claw hammer and clothing which were all stained with blood.

Aboukar had used a window to flee from the bedroom. Officers found him nearby and following a brief foot chase they arrested him.

They found Kirsty’s body in the back garden along with a section of blood stained carpet from the bedroom in a black bin bag.¬†CCTV footage later showed Aboukar dragging her body into the garden.

Kirsty Louise Ashley (Credit: MPS)

A post-mortem examination gave Kirsty’s cause of death as blunt force trauma. The injuries were mainly to her face and head, causing fractures and hemorrhages. There was also evidence she had tried to shield herself from the blows with her hand.

Aboukar is due to be sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court today.

“Kirsty Ashley weighed just 8 stone 2 lbs, she was no match for Aboukar and could not defend herself against him,” said Detective Inspector Francis Copley.

“The attack launched on Kirsty by Aboukar was incredibly brutal. There can be no justification for this level of violence and it is right that he will now pay for his actions with his freedom.”

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