Zara Aleena: Man charged with murder of 35-year-old woman in Ilford

Jordan McSweeney, 29, of no fixed abode, is charged with the murder of 35-year-old Zara Aleena, attempted rape and robbery.

A man has been charged with the murder of Zara Aleena, who was killed while walking home in Ilford, east London.

Jordan McSweeney, 29, of no fixed abode, will appear in custody at Thames Magistrates’ Court today (Wednesday, June 29).

Zara Aleena, 35, who was beaten to death in Cranbrook Road, Ilford. Credit: Met Police

He is charged with the murder of 35-year-old Zara Aleena, attempted rape and robbery.

Police were called at 2.44am on Sunday, June 26, to reports of a woman suffering injuries in Cranbrook Road, Ilford.

Ms Aleena was found suffering head injuries and taken to hospital where she died later that morning.

The charges follow an investigation by homicide detectives from the Met’s specialist crime command.