Michelle Samaraweera

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Michelle Samaraweera was raped and murdered in Walthamstow after she went out to buy some snacks early in the morning of 30 May 2009

A serial rapist dubbed the “night stalker” has been jailed for life for the murder of one of his victims more than a decade after her death.

Aman Vyas was extradited from India to face trial for the 2009 murder of Michelle Samaraweera, 35, in Walthamstow, east London.

The 35-year-old was also found guilty of five counts of rape and causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

He was sentenced to a minimum jail term of 37 years at Croydon Crown Court.

The court heard Vyas preyed on lone women at night, turning a small area near his home into a “hunting ground” for violent rapes.

He was 24 years old when he attacked his his first victim on 24 March 2009.

Vyas followed the woman into her block of flats, raping and beating her in her own home.

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Aman Vyas, who was living in Walthamstow and working at a dry cleaners at the time of the offences, fled the UK after committing his crimes

He threatened his second victim before violently raping her in an alleyway just after midnight on 22 April the same year.

Vyas followed his third victim from a shop before attacking her and raping her in a churchyard in the early hours of 29 April.

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