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The brother of a model who was stabbed to death in east London has told the Old Bailey that she was a victim of domestic violence.
Linah Keza's body was found at her flat in Leyton last July.
Her ex-boyfriend has been accused of her murder.Our Senior Correspondent Ronke Phillips has been following the case.
A model who was allegedly stabbed to death by her ex-partner had applied for an injunction against him just days before her death, a court has been told.
Linah Keza, 29, sought a non-molestation order from the court in which she claimed David Gikawa was "very controlling" and that their relationship "went downhill" when she become pregnant.
"I'm petrified of him. I don't want a life of violence any more. I just want to live a safe life with my daughter," Ms Keza's statement read.
The jury were told that police had been called three times just two days before the model's death, and prosecutor Peter Finnigan QC said the stabbing was "far from being a sudden unexpected event".
David Gikawa, 39, denies murdering Ms Keza in July last year.
A man accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend was "motivated by jealousy" and "out for revenge", a court has heard.
David Gikawa, 39, denies murdering 29-year-old Linah Keza who was found stabbed at her flat in east London last year.
Prosecutor Peter Finnigan QC told the Old Bailey: "The defendant, say the prosecution, was motivated by jealousy and he was out for revenge. Linah had told him that their relationship was over. She was seeing another man."
Ms Keza was determined to be "free from the fear, threats and control" of the accused, Mr Finnigan added.
A man has denied murdering a model who was found stabbed to death at her home in east London.
David Gikawa, 38, of Leyton, east London, pleaded not guilty at the Old Bailey to murdering Linah Keza while she was with a young child on July 31 last year.
The 29-year-old victim, came to the UK more than 10 years ago from Rwanda after moving their as a teenager from Uganda, was found with stab wounds to her chest at her flat in Leyton at around 4.30am.
Gikawa was remanded in custody and the hearing was adjourned until Thursday.