Man who jumped off a bridge after beat ex-girlfriend to death with a claw hammer jailed for life

A man who jumped off a bridge after hitting his ex-girlfriend with a claw hammer before strangling her to death with a vacuum cleaner cord has been jailed for life.
Vicious Kileo Mbega, 32, launched the "dreadful and savage" attack on Sarah Henshaw while she was in bed on February 11 this year - the same day she got a new job in a different town.
The court heard the pair had started a relationship in late 2017 but it had broken down by late 2018 due to Mbega's "various infidelities".
However, Miss Henshaw, 40, - who was a social worker - continued to share a flat with Mbega.
Kileo Mbega has been jailed for life after killing ex-girlfriend Sarah Henshaw with a claw hammer as she lay in bed on February 11 this year. (SWNS)
Kileo Mbega has been jailed for life after killing ex-girlfriend Sarah Henshaw with a claw hammer as she lay in bed on February 11 this year. (SWNS)
The court heard she felt sorry for him because he had little money working as a teaching assistant and she believed he was a borderline alcoholic.
Just two days before her death, Miss Henshaw's father had asked his daughter if Mbega was violent and she had reassured him he "wasn't like that".
In a victim impact statement read to the court, her father David said: "My last words to her were, 'Is he likely to turn violent?' She replied, 'No Dad, he's not not like that, I will sort things out.'
"That was Sarah - she would never give up on someone. Two days later, she was dead." 
Jonathan Sharp, prosecuting, told Leeds Crown Court Miss Henshaw had confronted Mbega about using her bank card without permission the day she was killed.
That night Mbega, who had been drinking, attacked Miss Henshaw when she was in bed and probably asleep.
Jailing Mbega for life, with a minimum of 15 years and 10 months in prison, Judge Rodney Jameson QC said he had killed Miss Henshaw because he was not prepared to tolerate her "reasonable challenge" over his behaviour.
He said: "You struck her multiple times with a claw hammer, causing fractures to her skull, but she was unhappily still conscious when you cut cord from a vacuum cleaner and strangled her.
"This was a savage and dreadful attack. You attacked and killed her. You must have caused her terror and suffering before she died."
After the killing, Mbega, who admitted murder, wrote a suicide note and walked from Armley to Quarry Hill in Leeds where he jumped off a footbridge.
He survived but suffered multiple spinal and shoulder fractures and a head injury.
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."
Mitigating for Mbega, Bryan Cox QC said: "He struggles to understand or explain why he did what he did."
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