Tanzanian immigrant admits stabbing wife to death

TOTTENHAM

A Tanzanian immigrant who repeatedly stabbed his wife is facing a life sentence.

Kema Salum, who turned 39 yesterday, knifed 36-year-old Leyla Mtumwa in the neck and chest at an address in Haringey, north London, on Good Friday, March 30 this year.

Salum arrived in the UK on a six-month visa at the turn of the year and has no family in the country apart from a 12-year-old son.

Wearing a grey suit with a white open-collared shirt, the bespectacled killer appeared at the Old Bailey flanked by a Swahili interpreter and admitted murder.

Several members of Ms Mtumwa’s family sat in court during the short hearing.

The Common Serjeant of London, Judge Richard Marks QC, remanded Salum in custody ahead of sentence at the same court on October 5.

Salum, of Kirkstall Avenue, Wood Green, admitted murder.
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