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Reading man jailed for life for strangling woman

Police outside flats
Image caption Sandra Maralhas was found dead by police at a block of flats

A man has been sentenced to life imprisonment for strangling a 38-year-old woman in a flat in Reading.

Police found Sandra Maralhas dead on 11 November 2011 in a ground floor flat in Coronation Square, Southcote.

Luis Marrafa, 46, of Coronation Square, who had alerted police to the body, was found guilty by a unanimous jury at Reading Crown Court on Wednesday.

Marrafa, who denied murder but admitted manslaughter, will serve a minimum of 14 years in prison.

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