Killer caught on camera buying cable ties hours before strangling woman to death

Killer caught on camera buying cable ties hours before strangling woman to death

Shannon Grant was spotted on CCTV using Natasha’s bank card following the murder (Picture: Leicestershire Police/SWNS)

Chilling footage captured a killer buying cable ties which he then used to kill a woman in her own home.

Shannon Grant, 27, murdered Natasha Morais in her flat in order to steal her phone and bank card.

Grant then posed as his victim and asked her mother for £2,000, claiming it was to pay a fine.

But her family became suspicious and went to her home in Loughland Close, Whetstone, Leicester, around 8.40pm on June 22 last year.

CCTV and DNA evidence on the cable ties used in her murder has now seen Grant convicted.

A court heard that when the family arrived at the house on June 22, Grant was seen at a window and refused to open the door so the family called the police.

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Natasha was described asmuch-loved daughter, sister, aunt and friend (Picture: Leicestershire Police / SWNS)

Grant managed to escape by leaping from a window as officers barged in to discover Natasha’s body under a bed.

Police noted indications that she had been attacked, and despite paramedics attempts to resuscitate her she died just before 10pm that night.

One of Natasha’s brothers had gone to school with Grant and recognised him, with police then launching a manhunt.

CCTV showed Grant dumping his jacket and bag outside Natasha’s flat before he fled the scene.

After fleeing Natasha’s home Shannon Grant was spotted on CCTV making phone calls before disposing his clothing and bag (Picture: Leicestershire Police/SWNS)

Footage also showed him on the phone while holding his victim’s bank card.

Just hours later Grant was traced to a flat in Coventry where he was arrested by armed officers on suspicion of murder.

A post-mortem investigation showed her cause of death was strangulation.

Police also found a sawn-off shotgun while searching the flat and some of Natasha’s possessions in a bin.

Grant was charged with murder and was found guilty after a trial at Leicester crown court.

He claimed five strangers broke into the flat and killed Natasha, but a cable tie recovered from her body was found to have Grant’s DNA on it.

Natasha was just 40 years old when she was callously killed in her own flat (Picture: Leicestershire Police/SWNS)

And CCTV from the day before Natasha’s death also showed Grant buying the same cable ties at a DIY store in Coventry.

Detective Inspector David Greenhalgh said: ‘Natasha was tragically subjected to a violent assault which sadly led to her death.

‘She was a much-loved daughter, sister, aunt and friend who will be forever missed by those who knew her.

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‘I am pleased that the jury saw through Grant’s lies and that we will now face many years behind bars for the callous and horrendous crime he committed.’

Grant was remanded into custody and will return to court for sentencing on March 21.

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