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Jordan McSweeney: Brute who killed Zara Aleena ‘started fire in prison and took part in riot

Jordan McSweeney: Brute who killed Zara Aleena 'started fire in prison and took part in riot

The vicious predator who murdered aspiring lawyer Zara Aleena was a troublemaker in prison who started a fire and took part in a riot that left one guard with stab wounds to the head, according to a new report.

Jordan McSweeney, 35, pleaded guilty yesterday to murdering the defenseless 5ft 1in  woman as she returned home from a night out in June of this year.

Before stealing her handbag, mobile phone, and keys, the brute punched her in the back of the head, stomped on her, and sexually assaulted her. He walked away, only to return moments later to deliver the fatal finishing blows.

Jordan McSweeney: Brute who killed Zara Aleena 'started fire in prison and took part in riot
Zara Aleena

Years earlier McSweeney, 29, was charged for his role in an out-of-control riot at Swaleside Prison on the Isle of Sheppey, in Kent, in which an officer needed hospital treatment for a stab wound to the scalp, according to court documents seen by MyLondon.

McSweeney allegedly started a fire in his cells during the October 2014 melee, causing damage worth between £5,000 and £15,000, but his explicit involvement in the incidents was not detailed.

The same prison sparked public outrage two years later when rioting prisoners took over an entire wing. The riot squad and specialist SAS soldiers eventually reclaimed control.

Prior to his release on licence from prison on June 17th, McSweeney had a string of 28 convictions for 69 crimes including burglary, racially aggravated harassment, unauthorised possession of a knife in prison, and assault.

Jordan McSweeney ambushed Zara Aleena and punched her in the back of the head before dragging the 35-year-old into a driveway and kicking her as she lay on the ground
Jordan McSweeney ambushed Zara Aleena and punched her in the back of the head before dragging the 35-year-old into a driveway and kicking her as she lay on the ground

He went on to murder Ms Aleena in cold blood in just nine days.

He was caught on CCTV following other women through the streets before he became ‘fixated’ on Zara – a popular student who was a carer for her mother and grandmother.

He was seen ‘kicking and stamping repeatedly on her body’ after snatching her off the street, and her screams woke up nearby residents who frantically dialled 999.

‘When she was discovered, she was already fatally wounded from the ”onslaught”,’  Prosecutor Oliver Glasgow told the Old Bailey.

‘She was bleeding, struggling to breathe, had clearly sustained serious head injuries and was also partially naked.’

After pleading guilty to the savage attack, MailOnline was able to reveal Ms Aleena’s murder was the culmination of a string of similar attacks on women.

McSweeney’s former girlfriends revealed how he manipulated, abused, and regularly beat them up during their relationships with him.

Undated CCTV image issued by the Metropolitan Police of sexual predator Jordan McSweeney just before he attacked Zara Aleena
CCTV image issued by the Metropolitan Police of sexual predator Jordan McSweeney just before he attacked Zara Aleena

Samantha Bryan dated McSweeney as a teenager for four years, during which time she was subjected to violent outbursts. Their relationship came to an end when he stomped on her head in a fit of rage, splitting her eyeball.

Despite her complaint to police, no charges were filed after she decided not to pursue the matter because she was afraid of her attacker’s reaction.

Stella Lowe, another of his former partners, claims to have been subjected to horrific abuse as well. She refused to meet him less than 24 hours before he brutally murdered his victim.

On June 24th, he called Ms Lowe from the pub to say that he was out – and suggested she come and join him.

Ms Lowe refused, hung up the phone and pushed McSweeney from her mind, only to see him named on television as the man charged with murdering Miss Aleena on June 26.

Raised in Rochester, Kent, he was the product of a broken family, a ‘mummy’s boy’ who by his early teens was already in trouble with the police.

‘Burgling people, robbing people in the street, stealing cars, that was all he did,’ a family friend said.

‘He was an absolute toe-rag. His mother had no control over him. He even trashed his own home – there were holes in all the walls, all the bedrooms were graffitied. He had no respect for anything.’

Neighbours recall police were repeatedly called to his house as he burgled homes on his own street.

On the night he murdered Ms Aleena, CCTV tracked McSweeney to the caravan he lived in and police found him there. During a search, officers found ‘blood-stained clothing and shoes’ which match those seen on the attacker on CCTV.

Ms Aleena’s family described her as self-sufficient, generous, and a joy. Farah Naz, her aunt, said her niece was aware of the dangers for women following the murders of Bibaa Henry, Nicole Smallman, Sarah Everard, and Sabina Nessa.

McSweeney shared photos on his Facebook depicting himself as a gangster
McSweeney shared photos on his Facebook depicting himself as a gangster

But she had felt’safe’ walking around the neighborhood where she was well known.

‘Zara was not a woman who was unaware that there were dangers in the world,’ Ms Naz said. She had no idea what would happen to her if what happened to those women happened to her.

‘She didn’t know she was going to be on this list because in her mind she took those precautions.’

McSweeney’s plea hearing had been delayed after the defendant caught Covid in custody.

His barrister George Carter-Stephenson KC said: ‘He is still feeling unwell from Covid but realises the importance of being here today.’

Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb adjourned sentencing until December 14.

source:summarybio.com