Sep 27 2012 by Ian Proctor, Harrow Observer
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A MOTHER-of-three from Harrow was strangled to death and dumped in a canal on Christmas Day by her long-term boyfriend after a "turbulent and volatile" relationship, a court heard today.
The body of Ruby Love, who had been living with her mother in Meadow Way at the time of her death, was found floating in the Grand
Union Canal in Southall, west London, on Christmas Day 2011 by a student walking his dog.
Jurors at the Old Bailey today heard how the post-mortem examination found the 23-year-old’s injuries, which included marks around her neck and a black eye, were consistent with someone who had been punched and then strangled with some sort of ligature.
They were told closed-circuit television footage shows her boyfriend Manzar Juma driving from his flat in Hexham Gardens, Northolt, to the canal at around 6am on Christmas morning before heading back in the same direction.
The 27-year-old stopped for four minutes besides the canal in Southall, where he is said to have “unceremoniously dumped her body”.
Footage from later in the day shows him disposing of her mobile phone in a council-owned bin outside a convenient store in Manor Road, Ealing.
Following his arrest Juma initially denied any of the allegations but has since pleaded guilty to manslaughter, arguing diminished responsibility and loss of control, and is standing trial for murder.
Jonathan Rees, prosecuting, said the couple, who had two children together including a son born just a month before her
death, had been in a four-year-relationship “peppered with domestic violence on both sides.”
He said the police had been called on a number of occasions to allegations of domestic violence in 2009, 2010 and 2011 but most
charges were dropped after the victim chose not to pursue the allegations.
The court heard how Juma was, however, given a suspended sentence in 2009 for common assault on Ms Love and, having
been placed on bail following an arrest on December 10 for similar allegations, was subject at the time of her death to a restraining order that forbid him from going within 100 metres of her.
Despite the order, Juma picked Ms Love up at around 6.30pm on Christmas Eve and by tracking their mobile phones, Mr Rees said, police can show they were together at his flat that night.
Mr Rees added that Ms Love, who was born Rubeana Malik before her family converted to Christianity and changed their names when she was still a youngster, had a history of drug abuse.
She was taking heroin from the age of 15 as well as crack cocaine and cannabis - and had even resorted to prostitution to pay for drugs.
The court heard how she gave birth to her first child, by a former partner, aged just 15 and that all three children, two of which are by Juma and none of which the Observer has chosen to name, had been taken into care.