Leyton stabbing: Man in court charged with murder of model

14:28 03 August 2013

Model Linah Keza, 29, who died after being stabbed at her home in Leyton. Picture: AMC Agency/PA Wire

Model Linah Keza, 29, who died after being stabbed at her home in Leyton. Picture: AMC Agency/PA Wire

A man charged with the murder of a model who was stabbed to death in Leyton has appeared in court.

David Gikawa, 38, is accused of killing Linah Keza while she was at home with her young daughter on Wednesday.

He appeared at Thames Magistrates’ Court today, where he was remanded in custody.

Gikawa spoke only to give his name, date of birth and address, of King Edward Road, Leyton, during the one minute hearing.

He will appear next at the Old Bailey on Tuesday.

Ms Keza, 29, was found with stab wounds to her chest at her home in King Edward Road at around 4.30am and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Tributes have been paid to the model, who was born in Uganda before moving to Rwanda as a teenager.

She came to the UK more than 10 years ago and graduated from the University of Wolverhampton.

Her brother Jack Hodari told the Evening Standard: “It’s so tragic that good people die this young.

“I am not saying this because she was my sister, but the whole world can tell you this.”

Chairman of the Rwandan Community in London, Patrice Shema, said: “We still can’t believe that Linah is gone. You see these things on television but when it happens to you and it’s a close friend, that’s when the reality hits home.

“Linah has been a very active member of our community. She was such a wonderful girl, very happy, passionate about modelling.”

The community is now trying to raise money to have her body flown back to Rwanda when it is released by police.

Ms Keza, who was registered with the AMC Agency, was reportedly a contestant in Miss Africa 2010.

An AMC Agency spokesman said: “She was very compassionate, amazing and a professional girl. Everybody that met and worked with her via the agency will miss her greatly.”

Police watchdog the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating contact between police and Ms Keza before she died.

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