Jury discharged in Colindale allotment murder trial

Lea Adri-Soejoko (Pic: Met Police)

Lea Adri-Soejoko (Pic: Met Police) - Credit: Archant

A jury has failed to agree a verdict in the trial of an immigrant accused of strangling an elderly widow at an allotment.

Rahim Mohammadi allegedly killed 80-year-old Lea Adri-Soejoko with a lawnmower flex and hid her body at Colindale allotments in north London in February last year.

The allotments secretary was found dead in a locked mower shed after her family raised concerns that she had failed to turn up at a meeting.

She was wearing Wellington boots and an apron and had her keys in her pocket, the Old Bailey had heard.

Kurdish Mohammadi, 41, from Hackney, north London, denied her murder.

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The 12-strong jury deliberated over three days and was given a majority direction on Thursday afternoon but could not agree a verdict.

Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC discharged them and said a fresh jury would decide the case later in the year.

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