A advertising supervisor was strangled to demise by her cocaine and playing addict boyfriend who then despatched a textual content to his drug seller saying he had ‘obtained rid’ of her earlier than killing himself days later.
Jay Dawes, 28, killed his college graduate girlfriend Amani Iqbal, additionally 28, with a dressing robe twine and left her in a bath at her residence in Walthamstow, east London, an inquest at Waltham Forest Coroners Courtroom heard.
Dawes then despatched a textual content to his drug seller saying he had ‘obtained rid’ of Amani shortly after she was final seen on New Yr’s Eve 2020.
Simply days afterward 2 January 2021, he drove his Peugeot right into a HGV lorry that was parked in a layby close to Saffron Walden, Essex. The lorry burst into flames and Dawes was killed nearly immediately.
Miss Iqbal, a Durham College graduate who labored as a advertising propositions supervisor for Sainsbury’s, was discovered after Dawes’s demise.
Waltham Forest Coroners Courtroom in east London was informed how the couple had been speaking about getting married, having infants and getting a canine within the days earlier than she died.
The couple have been seen on CCTV holding arms collectively simply hours earlier than the killing.
Advertising and marketing supervisor Amani Iqbal, 28, was strangled to demise by her cocaine and playing addict boyfriend Jay Dawes, additionally 28, at her residence in east London on New Years Eve 2020 – who then despatched a textual content to his drug seller saying he had ‘obtained rid’ of her earlier than killing himself days later
Amani’s mom Samina Iqbal stated that she final noticed her daughter on New Yr’s Eve 2020, when she got here spherical to her mom’s for lunch.
Her mom then despatched her a textual content within the night and obtained no reply which was ‘uncommon’.
Her mom added that she believes her ‘final texts’ despatched to her dad and mates to want them Completely happy New Yr on WhatsApp weren’t despatched by her as a result of they contained spelling and grammar errors. The household stated they consider she was killed on New Years Eve.
Miss Iqbal was final seen on CCTV crying as her boyfriend closed the curtains at their flat simply after 9pm on that day.
He started texting his drug seller Brian Alexander inside an hour, and throughout the time between her disappearance and his automobile crash, the pair exchanged round 60 texts and met in individual 3 times.
Mr Dawes additionally withdrew £250 3 times and drove Amani’s Fiat 500 throughout that interval, and on one event he withdrew the cash on her card and acquired pizza.
Miss Iqbal’s lifeless physique was discovered on 3 January 2020 within the bathtub at their flat in Walthamstow.
Her t-shirt was partially eliminated and a dressing robe, believed to have been used as a ligature, was discovered within the toilet however was not round her neck.
A bag of ice was discovered on high of her physique, and he had been caught on CCTV shopping for ice shortly after she was final seen.
Pink plastic gloves have been discovered within the toilet, a clump of hair was discovered within the hallway and blood stains have been discovered on the hinge of the door.
Pathologist Dr Olaf Biedrzycki stated: ‘It [the cause of death] seems to be compression of the neck attributable to a 3rd occasion.’
Police additionally stated their findings on the scene have been additionally in step with an illegal killing, the listening to was informed.
Taking to the witness stand, Brian Alexander stated he couldn’t keep in mind particulars of texts he exchanged with Mr Dawes between the final time Amani was seen and when Mr Dawes killed himself.
He appeared very nervous and anxious and was respiration closely as he gave proof and was cross-examined by the coroner and legal professionals for Miss Iqbal’s household.
He stated that they had recognized one another ‘for a couple of years’ however solely obtained again in contact at Christmas 2020 once they exchanged messages.
He insisted the texts have been about whether or not Mr Dawes may assist his mum along with her backyard and Mr Dawes requested to borrow £50.
He stated in his police assertion: ‘I’ve recognized him for a few years by way of mates and he did gardening and fencing.
Simply days afterward 2 January 2021, Jay Dawes (pictured with girlfriend Amani Iqbal) drove his Peugeot right into a HGV lorry that was parked in a layby close to Saffron Walden, Essex. The lorry burst into flames and Dawes was killed nearly immediately
‘On New Years Eve 2020 I obtained a textual content from him saying he had removed her or damaged up along with his girlfriend, I am unable to keep in mind the precise phrases he used.
‘He stated had obtained one other girlfriend who he had damaged up with and now he was pleased once more. He appeared upbeat and pleased.’
He claimed he couldn’t keep in mind studying texts the place Mr Dawes spoke about his girlfriends, whether or not he spoke about girlfriends once they met up and whether or not he stated he had ‘removed her’ or not.
He added: ‘I am unable to keep in mind any of those calls or sending any of those texts.
‘Individuals say they have rid of a pair of sneakers or a automobile, that does not imply they’ve killed them.’
Met Police Detective Superintendent Steve Ramshaw stated Mr Alexander was being ‘economical’ with the reality.
Miss Iqbal’s GP informed the listening to there was no proof she had any bodily or psychological well being issues.
She didn’t depart a suicide word and there’s no proof the pair had made a suicide pact.
A toxicology report discovered she had 135 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood in her system. The authorized restrict is 80 milligrams.
Amani’s mom informed the inquest, in proof that was learn out by the Coroner: ‘The circumstances surrounding her tragic demise are to today unclear.
‘Our household remains to be in shock and struggling to make sense of such a sudden and surprising occasion. Rising up she was a cheerful and lively woman who beloved college. She beloved taking part in and was very brilliant.
‘She went to Grange Park Prep College after which The Latymer College, a grammar college, and did very nicely in her GCSEs and A Ranges earlier than attending Durham College, graduating with an economics diploma in 2013.
‘She took a spot 12 months and travelled along with her boyfriend on the time. She spent 4 months in South Korea instructing English after which travelled round Asia and South America.
‘In July 2014 she was again within the UK and she or he did a masters at Cass Enterprise College and the next 12 months she was working for a media company. She began a brand new place at Sainsbury’s head workplace and labored on magnificence merchandise for a time.
‘She maintained sturdy friendships along with her college girlfriends. She solely had two boyfriends earlier than beginning a relationship with Jay.
‘At first their relationship went very nicely and so they moved right into a flat in Bounds Inexperienced collectively. We regularly had them over and went to their home for lunch.
‘Nevertheless, I quickly noticed him undermining her friendships along with her closest college mates, which turned her towards them to a point.
Waltham Forest Coroners Courtroom (pictured) in east London was informed how the couple had been speaking about getting married, having infants and getting a canine within the days earlier than she died
‘Then he modified and he determined he did not wish to be along with her. She got here again to dwell with me. I used to be stunned by the truth that they broke up however they by no means fully broke away from one another.
‘They stored talking and seeing one another as mates however I did not like the best way he handled her.
‘She informed me about his melancholy, instability, earlier suicide makes an attempt, lack of labor and the very fact he had money owed.
‘He informed her repeatedly his household did not care about him and so they solely obtained again collectively when she purchased a flat in Walthamstow in 2018.
‘Their relationship grew to become obscure and I assumed he was not a great affect on her. We had an exquisite relationship and spent plenty of time collectively.’
In abstract, Miss Iqbal’s household’s lawyer Rachel Barrett stated: ‘The household ask the coroner to report a verdict of illegal killing.
‘The usual of proof is the stability of possibilities and should you can attain findings amounting to both manslaughter or homicide then that will suffice on the stability of possibilities.
‘We advise it’s the simply most definitely clarification for her demise, it’s the solely proof that matches the proof you will have heard.
‘Important stress was utilized to her neck over 15 to 30 seconds utilizing a ligature and that’s an illegal act.
‘It’s objectively harmful, it’s objectively prone to trigger hurt and demise resulted.’
Mr Dawes’ mom Jane informed the listening to she didn’t consider stability of possibilities was a excessive sufficient normal of proof and insisted her son was ‘essentially the most placid individual’ and was ‘usually shy’.
Recording a conclusion of illegal killing, Space Coroner for East London Nadia Persaud stated: ‘The accidents are strongly indicative of third occasion involvement.
‘There’s solely a theoretical risk that she prompted the accidents to herself and if she had accomplished so the ligature would nonetheless have been there; it was not.
‘There isn’t any clear proof of intent to report a conclusion of homicide.
‘Putting a ligature round somebody’s neck with such drive to trigger these accidents would meet the check for illegal killing.
‘The medical explanation for demise is compression of the neck.
‘It’s seemingly on the stability of possibilities that she was unlawfully killed.
‘I wish to specific my deepest sympathies to the household and I’m very sorry on your loss.’
Mr Dawes’ inquest was additionally attributable to happen, however needed to be adjourned to a later date which was not set.