Jordan McSweeney, 29, pleads guilty to the murder of Zara Aleena

The murder of Ms. Aleena, who was brutally kicked, stamped on, and then left for dead on June 26, this year, was admitted by Jordan McSweeney at the Old Bailey on Friday.

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A s*xual predator described as a “danger to any woman” has pleaded guilty to Zara Aleena’s murder.

In fact, 29-year-old Jordan McSweeney acknowledged attacking the 35-year-old law graduate when she was returning home following a night out in east London last summer.

Ms. Aleena was kicked and stomped on by McSweeney from Dagenham, who afterward died from her many wounds. In the early hours of June 26 in Ilford, she was found by bystanders.

Ms. Aleena, who was battling to breathe and was only half-clothed, was rushed to the hospital where she subsequently passed away. McSweeney had 28 prior convictions for offenses, including violence, and had just recently been released from jail. He was out on parole from a term for criminal damage, racially aggravated harassment, and unauthorized knife possession in jail at the time of the murder.

The Probation Service withdrew McSweeney’s license on June 24, two days before the murder, for failing to show up for appointments. The BBC understands that the case was being investigated by the police at the time, although he had not yet been formally recalled. Mrs. Justice Cheema-Grubb postponed sentencing until December 14th.


According to her aunt, while being aware of the risks facing women in light of recent high-profile incidents, Ms. Aleena felt secure when out and about in the neighborhood where she was well-known. McSweeney was seen on CCTV that night trailing a number of ladies, according to police evidence.

Oliver Glasgow KC, a defense attorney for the prosecution, said Ms. Aleena “stood little prospect of surviving” and that Ms. Glasgow was “a stranger attack on a lone girl late at night making her way home.” McSweeney “was keen that night on locating a lady to assault,” according to the Crown Prosecution Service.

Ms. Aleena’s aunt said:

“Zara was not a woman who was unaware that there were dangers in the world. She did not imagine what happened to those women would happen to her. ” She didn’t know she was going to be on this list because in her mind she took those precautions.”

The latest Royal Courts of Justice hire, a law graduate, was described by her family as being “the happy she had ever been.” Det Ch Insp David Whellams of the Met Police said Ms. Aleena “had every right to feel protected” but “instead she was a victim of appalling assault” while speaking outside the Old Bailey.

Bloodied clothing

After the murder, McSweeney was seen on further CCTV video leaving the scene and heading back to his caravan in Dagenham, east London, where Ms. Aleena’s bloodied clothing was later found by police.

McSweeney refused to respond to inquiries after being detained and informed investigators that he suffers from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

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He had 28 convictions for 69 distinct offenses, including burglary, car theft, criminal damage, attacking police officers, and assaulting members of the public while out on bail, according to information provided to the Old Bailey.