Neighbours heard screams and a call for help the night before Laszlo Gyarmati was caught on CCTV wheeling his victim’s body away
A man who strangled a woman and dumped her body in a suitcase has been convicted of murder.
Laszlo Gyarmati, from Hungary, was sentenced to life with a minimum term of 17 years for the killing of Alexandra Kovacs.
CCTV footage of Gyarmati showed him leaving Miss Kovacs’ property on July 18 last year with a large suitcase containing her body.
He wheeled the suitcase to Dollis Valley Greenwalk footpath, in Barnet, north London, and dumped it near some bushes.
The court heard that the night before, the pair had gone to get some fast food in Hendon, north London.
Neighbours later told police they had heard a woman scream and call for help in the early hours of the morning.
A member of the public found Ms Kovacs’ body on the same day and asked a friend to report it. However a police search of the riverside walk failed to find anything.
It was not until three days later, after a missing person report was filed and blood stains discovered in Miss Kovacs’ property, that police dogs found her body
The Old Bailey trial was told that Gyarmati and Miss Kovacs had met when they briefly lived together in the same property.
Detective Chief Inspector Nicola Wall said: “Alexandra was a young woman starting out in life when she was killed by Laszlo Gyarmati.