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Miles Donnelly admits murdering Usha Patel who he met on dating site

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Image caption Miles Donnelly pleaded guilty on the first day of his trial

A man has admitted murdering a single mother he met on a dating website in a "drunken rage".

Miles Donnelly, 35, strangled Usha Patel, 44, at the home she shared with her five-year-old son in Cricklewood, north-west London, in October.

He stabbed her 16 times in the stomach, punched her head and injured her mouth as he attempted to stop her screaming.

The Old Bailey heard he then went on to assault a second woman, Rosie Ferrigno, causing her actual bodily harm.

The court heard Ms Patel's body was discovered the next day when her son's grandfather arrived to pick him up and was told she was still sleeping.

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Image caption Usha Patel was killed in the London home she shared with her five-year-old son

'Completely devastated'

Her battered body was found amid drink bottles and glasses.

She had been particularly vulnerable as she was undressed at home expecting to have sex with Donnelly when he attacked her, the jury was told.

Donnelly, from Paddington in west London, had a lifestyle of drink and drugs and a long criminal history, the court heard.

He had denied murder and actual bodily harm but changed his plea on the first day of the trial.

The Met said three days after Ms Patel's murder, Donnelly telephoned the police and told them where he was. Officers then arrested him for murder.

Det Insp James Stevenson said: "Donnelly declined to answer any questions put to him during his police interviews and has never offered any information as to why he assaulted and killed Usha Patel that night.

"Usha's family are completely devastated."

Donnelly will be sentenced on Thursday, when the facts of the case will be outlined by prosecutor Simon Denison QC.

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