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Sarah Dahane death: Mother pleads guilty to murder

Angela Whitworth Image copyright Thames Valley Police
Image caption Angela Whitworth was arrested in Uganda in March

The mother of a toddler who was found dead at home has pleaded guilty to murder.

Angela Whitworth, 44, admitted killing 20-month-old Sarah Dahane on 16 May 2013 in Bicester, Oxfordshire.

She fled to Kenya and was arrested on 9 March this year by the Uganda National Police in a joint operation with Thames Valley Police.

Her daughter was found dead after the family raised concerns about her welfare to police.

The toddler's father raised the alarm when Whitworth failed to turn up for an agreed meeting.

'Bid to evade justice'

Officers broke down the door of her home and discovered the youngster, who is believed to have been dead for hours rather than days.

Whitworth flew to Kenya and police offered a £10,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest or conviction.

Speaking at a Thames Valley Police news conference earlier this year, Sarah's father, Nabil Dahane, said his only daughter was "beautiful, lovely and lively".

"I'm still struggling to come to terms with it all. Perhaps seeing justice done will my ease my pain."

After Whitworth pleaded guilty, Det Supt Ian Hunter said: "Whitworth flew to Kenya immediately after the murder in a bid to evade justice.

"I am pleased for Sarah's father Nabil, and those who knew and loved Sarah, that Whitworth has finally, after more than three years, taken responsibility for her actions."

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Image caption Twenty-month-old Sarah Dahane was found dead at her home in Bicester in May 2013
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Image caption Police issued pictures of Sarah with her father, Nabil Dahane

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