‘Sugar daddy’ murdered ex and torched body after tricking her into pole dance

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A "jealous and sexually frustrated" killer has been jailed for life for murdering his ex-girlfriend and using petrol to set her body on fire at the home she shared with her daughter.

Vile Habib Jackson, 32, was handed a life sentence at St Albans Crown Court today (May 4) for the horrific attack on mum-of-two Louise Rump, 29, at her flat in the village of Kensworth, Bedfordshire.

The court heard that security guard Jackson was driven by "jealousy, rage and sexual frustration" as he punched Rump in the face several times before strangling and smothering her.

He then started a fire in the flat using a bottle of petrol he had brought with him.

At St Albans Crown Court today he was told he must serve 23 years before being considered for release.

Sentencing, Judge Michael Kay said: "The killing was driven by jealousy, rage and an element of sexual frustration.
"Louise Rump was a single mother of two children.

"As a result of your obsession with her and your controlling, violent nature, those two children will now have to live with the knowledge that, while they were at school, their mother was brutally strangled or smothered to death and her body was set on fire."

Louise Rump was last seen alive on the morning of October 16, 2020 when she dropped her daughter off at school.

Shortly after at 11:15am, Jackson was seen on CCTV heading to Rump's address where he had planned to meet her for an arranged pole dance.

Just over an hour later, the mother of two was found dead in her flat by firefighters.

The court heard how Jackson had wanted to rekindle a relationship with her but she did not feel the same.

The MailOnline reports that prosecutor David Matthew said Habib Jackson had made a 'deal' with Louise for a pole dance.

Speaking at his trial, Mr Matthew said: "She was going to dance for him in underwear he selected. That deal went badly wrong. The fire brigade found her dead. She had been killed by asphyxia."

During the same trial, the Jury was told that twisted Jackson had referred to himself as Rump's 'Sugar Daddy' at times in their relationship.

Jackson, of Toddington, Bedfordshire admitted using petrol in a small drinks bottle during the attack but told the court he had it in his car for bonfire night.

He was later seen discarding a bloodstained jumper and a cardboard box not far from the scene before driving off.

Shortly after the incident, Jackson went to his place of work where he concealed clothing and one of Ms Rump's mobile phones in a bin.

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Jane Hedges, Rump's aunt, said: "While we have taken some comfort from today's sentence, nothing will ever make up for our loss and the grief our family is feeling.

"This was such a needless crime and a tragic waste of life. Louise was a real star among us, full of life and energy who would brighten any room she went into.

"Her children will now sadly have to grow up without their mum. Our thoughts are with them today and we will do everything we can to support them so they grow up to make their mum proud."

Superintendent Rob Hall of the Bedfordshire, Cambridge and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, which led the investigation, said: "This was a horrifically violent and despicable crime committed against a young mother who had her whole life ahead of her and now leaves behind two young children.

"I welcome the result in court today and hope this goes some way in giving Louise's family and friends the closure and justice they so deeply deserve.

"My thoughts remain with Louise's family and her close friends at this time."

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