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Killer rapist gets 22 years' jail

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Alauya bought food in a garage after murdering Ms Moore

A man has been jailed for a minimum of 22 years for the murder of Grace Moore.

The 38-year-old's body was discovered by her teenage daughter at their home in Suffolk in November 2006.

Kristoff Emmanuel Alauya, 23, a Nigerian national who was living in County Carlow, was also given 10 years for rape at Belfast Crown Court.

Alauya met Miss Moore at a city centre night club and went back to her Erris Grove flat in west Belfast where he stabbed, strangled and raped her.

Mr Justice Weir said he could find no evidence of remorse or contrition on Alauya's part for the gruesome killing.

The judge said that he found it "impossible to comprehend" the fact that after raping and killing Ms Moore, he ransacked her home and put various personal items into bags to take with him.

Following two days of evidence at his trial last November Alauya, with an address at Churchfield in Carlow in the Republic of Ireland, pleaded guilty to the rape and murder of Ms Moore on 18 November 2006.

This was a particularly distressing case to have dealt with - Grace was obviously stabbed and at the time, the evidence would say, she was raped as well
DCI David Cunningham

The jury had heard that Alauya had come up to Belfast a couple of days before he met Ms Moore at Skye nightclub and had gone back with her to the flat.

He was arrested the next day back at Skye when police went to the club during their investigations and from there, they uncovered Ms Moore's belongings, along with a T-shirt stained with her blood, in a flat at University Avenue.

Mr Justice Weir imposed two years for theft and ordered that Alauya sign the sex offenders' register for the rest of his life.

The officer in charge of the case, Detective Chief Inspector David Cunningham, said it was one of the most shocking he had ever worked on.

"This was a particularly distressing case to have dealt with - Grace was obviously stabbed and at the time, the evidence would say, she was raped as well," he said.

And if that wasn't bad enough, to heap insult upon her, he ransacked her home and took a number of her own personal possession with him when he left the house."

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