Model Linah Keza death: IPCC outlines probe details

Linah Keza
Image caption Linah Keza, 29, died on 31 July

The police watchdog has outlined details of its investigation into officers' contact with a model who was stabbed to death.

Linah Keza, 29, was killed at her home in King Edward Road, Leyton, east London, on 31 July while she was with her young daughter.

Her former partner, David Gikawa, 38, is accused of her murder.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is looking at police contact with Miss Keza and Mr Gikawa.

The watchdog said it would look at police contact with the couple between 23 and 31 July, and whether information dating back to 2010 was available to officers.

'Level of contact'

After Miss Keza's death it emerged that she was in touch with police on three separate occasions in the days before she died.

IPCC Commissioner Jennifer Izekor said: "Our investigation will seek to identify the level of contact and information known to Metropolitan Police officers before Linah's tragic death.

"We have made contact with Ms Keza's family and explained why we are involved and outlined our investigation to them.

"I would like to assure Ms Keza's family that our investigation will be thorough and rigorous in determining the circumstances surrounding police contact with their loved one before her death."

Mr Gikawa is due to stand trial at the Old Bailey in January.

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