Security guard, 32, convicted of murder of former girlfriend, 29

Security guard, 32, who arranged for his ex-girlfriend, 29, to pole dance for him before she was strangled and set alight is convicted of her murder

  • Louise Rump, 29, was strangled and her body set on fire on October 16, 2020 
  • Fire fighters arrived at her flat in Kensworth, Bedforshire, and found her body
  • Her former partner Habib Jackson, 32, was today found guilty of her murder 

By Stewart Carr For Mailonline

Published: 18:24, 3 May 2022 | Updated: 19:45, 3 May 2022

A man who murdered his ex-girlfriend after arranging for her to perform a pole dance for him was today convicted of killing her by a jury.

Louise Rump, 29, had agreed to the dance for her former partner Habib Jackson at  her flat in the village of Kensworth, Bedfordshire, on October 16, 2020.

But she was strangled and her body set alight, St Albans Crown Court heard.

Her body was discovered at the foot of her bed by firefighters who had been called out by neighbours when they saw smoke coming from her flat.

Prosecutor David Matthew said Habib Jackson had made a ‘deal’ with Louise. 

‘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,’ he said.

Louise Rump, 29, was found dead by firefighters at her home in Kensworth, Bedfordshire, on October 16, 2020

Jackson, 32, of Toddington, Bedfordshire, denied murder but was convicted by a jury. He will be sentenced by Judge Michael Kay QC tomorrow.

Jackson’s business partner and fellow security guard Christopher Hayward, also aged 32, of Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire, was cleared of murder.

The prosecutor said Louise had been alive and well earlier in the day when neighbours had seen her and she had exchanged WhatApp messages with a cousin until 11.15am.

Mr Matthew went on: ‘Sometime between a quarter past eleven and half past midday she was killed.

‘The pathologist found she had been killed by asphyxia before her body was set on fire. There was signs of an attack with bruising on her face, her left hand, wrist and pelvis. 

 When the fire fighters entered the flat, they found a pole dancer’s pole in the lounge and Louise’s body in the bedroom

‘The fire was a quite deliberate attempt to destroy the traces her attacker might have left,’ he said.

Jackson was seen to stop by the side of the road and dumped a jumper that had Louise’s blood on it and a cardboard box.

When the fire fighters entered the flat they found a pole dancer’s pole in the lounge and Louise’s body in the bedroom.

‘That was where the fire was lit.

The curtains had caught fire and there was smoke damage. At the end of the bed was a plastic water bottle. There is reason to think there had been petrol or some accelerant in it to get the fire going,’ said Mr Matthew.

The jury was told Jackson referred to himself as Louise’s ‘Sugar Daddy’ at times.

They had been involved in a relationship that had ended about a year earlier.

Security guard, 32, convicted of murder of former girlfriend, 29

Forensic work and house-to-house enquiries followed Ms Rump’s death at her home in Kensworth, Bedfordshire

In a message on 15 October, the day before she died, Jackson wrote to Louise: ‘It has been a year baby, since I was deep where I belong.’

He went on: ‘Can’t you give me what I crave?’ She replied: ‘No.’

Mr Matthew said Habib Jackson paid Louise Rump for ‘deal questions’ when he asked her about sexual activity.

Referring to the planned pole dance Jackson wrote: ‘G-string and undies ready?’

When Jackson was questioned by the police the day after the killing he said they had an on-off relationship. 

He denied he had been to the flat on the day of the killing, but said he had been there on another occasion when they had a play fight and she had scratched his face.

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