Man guilty of murdering woman in Cricklewood

Jacqueline Barrett
Image caption Jacqueline Barrett was found dead at her home in Cricklewood

A man has been jailed for life for the murder of a woman in north London.

The body of Jacqueline Barrett, 34, of Anderson Court, Whitefield Avenue, Cricklewood, was found at her home on 11 December.

Houssam Djemaa, 23, of the same address, was convicted at the Old Bailey of the murder. He was jailed for a minimum of 15 years.

Tests gave the cause of her death as asphyxia, haemorrhaging and compression of the neck and blunt force trauma.

In a statement the victim's mother Angela Barrett said: "I am devastated."

Image caption Houssam Djemaa was the victim's boyfriend, police say

She said the killer had taken "a young beautiful vulnerable mother and left her children without her".

"He showed himself to her and us as a perfect gentlemen in the beginning, he had us all fooled," she added.

Following the verdict Det Insp Andy Chalmers said: "Tragically Jacqueline died in the hands of her boyfriend during a brutally violent attack.

"Jacqueline has been described by her family as a loving daughter and a devoted mother to her three children."

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