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A man appeared in court today charged with murdering a 29-year-old woman on Boxing Day.
Yahya Aboukar, 26, is accused of killing Kirsty Ashley, who was found in a house in Earlham Grove in Forest Gate, east London.
Police were called shortly before noon Sunday and the 29-year-old’s body was found.
Ms Ashley’s brother Kyomic Martin wrote on Facebook: ‘My family and I had terrible news, my sister Kirsty Louise Ashley sadly died in a terrible disaster.
‘We are all broken. And I wish I had a time to cry. I am writing this as it is now in the news and her name is out there.
Being 29 years old is not a life to live and having your life taken away kills me to know.
“RIP Kirsty, we’ll bring you back here as soon as we can.”
Detectives today confirmed the name of the alleged victim, who is originally from Grimsby, and that she had been beaten to death with a blunt object.
Aboukar was arrested at the scene and charged with murder.
He did not indicate a guilty plea when he appeared in the dock at the Thames Magistrates Court this morning during a brief hearing.
Judge Rafael Salasmik told him: “He will then appear at the Old Bailey and then a formal decision will be made on his bail position.”
He was placed in preventive detention until the next court appearance.
A post-mortem examination was carried out yesterday at East Ham Mortuary and revealed the cause of death as blunt trauma, police said.
The alleged victim and Aboukar know each other, according to the Metropolitan Police.
Ashley’s closest family members have been informed of her death and a formal identification has been made, police added.
Appearing in a gray prison tracksuit and a blue paper mask flanked by two dock officers, he spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and address.
Prosecutor Babatunde Alabi made no other remarks than to remind the magistrates that Aboukar’s detention time will automatically expire on June 28, when a judge will have to extend it if the trial has not yet started.
His attorney Tim Spooner also did not comment during the hearing, which lasted less than five minutes.
Aboukar will soon appear at the Old Bailey later this week when a judge is expected to take a statement.
Kirsty Ashley Quick and Facts
- Kirsty Ashley, 29, was found beaten to death in a house in Forest Gate on Sunday
- She had been killed with a blunt object and police launched an investigation
- Yahya Aboukar, 26, has been charged with murder and appeared before JPs