Whistle blower: The killer’s wife, Adina Marian turned her husband in to the authorities and provided corroborating DNA evidence when she realized he’d committed the heinous burglary
Sabou came clean after his wife caught him researching stories online about the killing.
She went to police who convinced her to provide forensic swabs from their daughters, aged, to provide evidence linking him to Valerie’s killing through familial DNA.
The crucial intelligence led to Sabou’s arrest in July this year and a sample of his own DNA confirmed a match with forensic profiles obtained from the murder weapon, left behind at the murder scene.
Adina, 26, explained her decision to turn in her husband, saying: “I could not live with myself knowing that a cold-blooded murderer was walking the streets free.”
On the day of the crime, after drinking a bottle of Jack Daniel’s, Sabou cycled to the property to burgle it on the night of December 29, 2013, armed with a foot-long black and red claw hammer.
But after entering through an unlocked patio door to a ground-floor bedroom, he found Valerie and attacked her, causing “horrific injuries” to her head as she tried to defend herself.