26-year-old Lala Kamara was murdered in her own home by her brother-in-law, Moustapha Dia.
The subsequent investigation into her death found that Lala had discovered that Dia had been stealing money and possessions from her and her partner in order to buy drugs.
In March this year while her partner was away – Dia strangled Lala in the flat they shared in Denton.
Lala’s partner became increasingly concerned for Lala as he had not heard from her, so he asked a friend to go round and check if she was okay. It was then that the friend discovered Lala’s body in the flat and alerted the emergency services.
Dia was arrested by police soon after.
As part of the murder investigation, officers seized Dia’s phone and discovered a series of internet searches that had taken place on Saturday 9 March the day after police believe Lala was murdered. Searches included articles titled ‘life imprisonment in England and Wales’ and ‘Life sentence for builder who strangled his ex-partner in North Yorkshire.’
Dia answered no comment to all questions put to him by detectives in police interview, but admitted his crime on the first day of the trial.
Today the 22 year old from Ashton Road, Denton, has been jailed at Manchester Crown Court Crown Square to life imprisonment after pleading guilty to murder. He must serve a minimum of 23 years and 187 days before being considered for release.