Thug who bludgeoned his ex-girlfriend with a claw hammer before strangling her to death has been jailed for life

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A THUG who bludgeoned his ex-girlfriend with a claw hammer before strangling her to death has been jailed for life.

Kileo Mbega, 32, attacked Sarah Henshaw, 40, in the flat they still shared after a split.

Thug Kileo Mbega, 32, attacked charity worker Sarah Henshaw, 40, in the flat they still shared after a split
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Thug Kileo Mbega, 32, attacked social worker Sarah Henshaw, 40, in the flat they still shared after a split[/caption]

Two days earlier social worker Sarah reassured her dad that Mbega was not violent, adding: “I will sort things out.”

Jailing Mbega, Judge Rodney Jameson QC said: “You struck her multiple times . . . then cut a cord from a vacuum cleaner and strangled her.”

He said: “This was a savage and dreadful attack. You attacked and killed her. You must have caused her terror and suffering before she died.

Leeds crown court heard that after the murder Mbega had jumped off a footbridge and suffered spinal injuries.

The court heard Miss Henshaw had done charity work at a home for street children in Tanzania, Africa, and went on to set up a charity for street and Masaai children where they were taught carpentry skills.

Her mother Janet wrote in a victim impact statement: “I know I will never recover from the darkness now my little ray of sunshine has gone, all that is left for me is memories and a broken heart.”

Miss Henshaw’s best friend Julia McKee wrote in a statement: “Violence against women is unforgivable and I will never be able to forgive Kileo Mbega.”

Judge Jameson said: “There are times when one is truly humbled to realise just how much good one individual can do – not just in this country for those with whom she works, but also in other countries.


“She is a huge loss – not only to those who knew and loved her, but to the community.”

Speaking after the sentence, Detective Chief Inspector Emma Winfield of the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team said: “Sarah was a much loved daughter whose life was tragically cut short.

“No sentence will bring Sarah back to her family but I hope that by Mbega admitting to his crimes and being brought to justice will help them in some way.”

Sarah Henshaw who set up a charity was bludgeoned with a claw hammer before being strangled to death by vicious thug Kileo Mbega
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Sarah Henshaw who set up a charity was bludgeoned with a claw hammer before being strangled to death by vicious thug Kileo Mbega[/caption]

Leeds crown court heard that after the murder Mbega had jumped off a footbridge and suffered spinal injuries
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Leeds crown court heard that after the murder Mbega had jumped off a footbridge and suffered spinal injuries[/caption]

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