Stonebridge man who murdered his Cricklewood ex-girlfriend in front of her children is jailed for life

17:48 04 May 2012

Ezekiel Foster has been jailed for life with a minimum tariff of 19 years

Ezekiel Foster has been jailed for life with a minimum tariff of 19 years

Archant

Sashana Roberts who was also known as ‘Shanna Pepper’ was stabbed at least 11 times by Ezekiel Foster

A former church deacon who knifed his lover to death and dumped her body in the bath has been jailed for life.

The Old Bailey heard Ezekiel Foster, 43, of Tywbridge Way, stabbed 24-year-old Sashana Roberts at least 11 times with a kitchen knife on September 11 last year.

Foster, a builder and former church deacon at Harlesden Pentecostal Church, attacked her in front of her terrified children before leaving her for dead in her home in Ivy Road, Cricklewood.

He then changed his clothes and left the scene, casually chatting with strangers in the street and topping up his Oyster card as he went.

The Old Bailey heard Jamaican-born Foster had repeatedly beaten and threatened to kill Miss Roberts throughout their five-year relationship and had a history of violence towards previous partners.

He admitted manslaughter, claiming he had been ordered to carry out the killing by a voice in his head called Joseph, but today (Friday) he was convicted of murder following a two-week trial.

Foster had been ‘aggressively controlling’ partner since he struck up a relationship with the mother-of-three, who performed on the dancehall reggae scene under the name Shanna Pepper, in 2006.

Miss Roberts had previously reported Foster - known to friends as ‘Glen’ - to the police on several occasions but retracted the complaints every time.

Foster was overheard threatening to kill her at a party just two weeks before she died.

Miss Roberts, who was also from Jamaica, was stabbed in the head, face, body, legs and arms, with wounds penetrating both lungs, her liver and spleen. Some were inflicted with such force that they cracked her ribs.

He was sentenced to life with a minimum tariff of 19 year.

Acting Detective Chief Inspector Andy Manning, who headed the murder hunt, said: “Sashana Roberts died at the hands of a person she had been close to.

“ She had tried to end the relationship, but Foster used extreme violence and killed her, not appearing to give any thought to her young children who were in the house at the time.

“She will be missed by her family, especially her young children who are now going to grow up without the presence of their mother.

“He will now spend many years in prison.”

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest Crime news

Monday, August 31, 2015
Officers were out in force at the annual Notting Hill Carnival (Photo: Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)

A man in his twenties is being treated in hospital for life-threatening injuries after he was stabbed at Notting Hill Carnival, Scotland Yard has said.

Monday, August 31, 2015
A man was shot dead by police at Picardy House in Cedar Road in Barnet (Photo: Google StreetView)

A man was shot dead by police at Picardy House in Cedar Road last night.

Sunday, August 30, 2015
Thre women were injured in the incident - one is fighting for her life

A 20-year-old woman is fighting for her life in hospital after she and two other young women were in collision with a car.

Friday, August 28, 2015
She was playing with her family in Hanworth Park when she was hit by the pellet that could have killed her (Photo: Google StreetView)

The little girl was running from her mother to her grandfather in Hanworth Park when they heard a loud noise like an air rifle shot.

Police say she could have been killed.

Friday, August 28, 2015
Police are investigating a rape in Park Road on Sunday

A crime scene has been set up after a woman reported being raped in Muswell Hill in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Friday, August 28, 2015
Dodgy disguise: The men robbed the pawnbrokers dressed all in black

Two men who dressed in burkas to rob a pawnbrokers in Brixton’s famous Atlantic Road have been jailed for 20 years.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Shop till you drop!

Home to top name brands at great prices, TK Maxx is more like a treasure hunt than a shop. Perfect for grabbing a bargain or some hidden gems, you arm yourself with a trolley and go wild.

Read more
Scones, jam and a cup of Earl Grey anyone?

Luxury boutique hotel Flemings Mayfair has recently launched The Drawing Room, London’s most stylish location for afternoon tea.

Read more
Free weekly shop? Yes please!

Win £200 to spend at Asda, one of the country’s leading supermarkets. Asda prides itself in being one of the cheapest places to shop, so you can be sure that your money will go a long way here.

Read more