AN illegal immigrant who pushed his former lover to her death from a bridge on Coventry’s ring road had already been deported three times.
Yonas Beraki, 33, had returned to the UK a fourth time when he murdered Genet Kidane by shoving her off a footbridge – and then jumped off himself.
The killer’s background was revealed as he was jailed for life with a minimum of 12 years.
Bridge push mum feared for her life
COVENTRY mum Genet Kidane had told friends, family and the police she feared for her life after being threatened by her former partner.
Coventry Crown Court heard Yonas Beraki even told the 41-year-old he would kill her by pushing her from behind off the Canal Basin footbridge.
On January 12, he did just that.
Ms Kidane plunged more than 25ft onto the road below after being pushed from the bridge by Beraki.
And just moments later her 22-year-old daughter stumbled onto the scene and saw her dead mother lying in the road.
Beraki had pounced as she walked her usual route to work, as a cleaner at Primark
Yesterday Judge Richard Griffiths-Jones jailed Beraki for life after the 33-year-old admitted a charge of murder.
He was told he must serve a minimum of 12 years before he can be considered for parole.
Prosecutor Emma Cutts told the court that Ms Kidane and Beraki, who were both Eritrean nationals, had been in a relationship for almost a year, while both lived in Coventry, which ended due to Beraki’s consumption of alcohol.
Throughout this time, Beraki was in the country illegally.
However, Ms Kidane had moved to the UK in 2005 had had been granted indefinite leave to stay.
Mrs Cutts said: “He is, and was at the time of the incident, unlawfully in this country.
From the information gleaned from the investigation, it’s clear he has been deported from the country on three separate occasions but he had made his way back to the UK.
“His last deportation was a month prior to the murder in December 2010 when he was deported to Italy, however he subsequently returned to the UK in a lorry.”
In the months leading up to her death, the court heard Ms Kidane had become increasingly concerned about Beraki’s “obsessive” behaviour after failing to accept their relationship was over.
Mrs Cutts told the court: “The murder itself took place against a background of Ms Kidane being put in fear on a number of occasions. She made a complaint of his behaviour to the police in July and October last year.
“As well as this she also told the people she knew about his behaviour. However, on many occasions she declined to name the defendant.
“The main reason for this seems to be cultural, as Eritrean people keep their personal lives very private.
“We have heard for months he was persistent in his attentions to her, which were unwanted and unwelcome.”
“On one occasion he had been in contact and he threatened to kill her,” she added.
“She subsequently provided a witness statement, in which she disclosed he had said he would come behind her, push her and kill her.
” He said when he had killed her, he was not going to live. He was not going to live after she died.
“She even told the police about the very bridge that she subsequently fell to her death from.”
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