by Rachel Ogbu
Bala Wadzani Chinda, son of a senior Nigerian immigration official has been jailed for 26 years for the murder and rape of Nigerian Jessica McGraa.
26-years-old Chinda had only moved to Scotland few weeks earlier to begin his Masters at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. He had completed his undergraduate studies at the Dongbei University of Finance and Economics in China where his father is based as a Nigerian Diplomat.
According to reports, he raped and murdered fellow Nigerian Jessica McGraa, (who was living a double life as a call girl) by suffocating her with a pillow and strangling her with a scarf’ after it was presumed he didn’t have enough money to pay for sex on the day. The court heard that Ms McGraa died of asphyxiation.
Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Houston said:
“Police Scotland today welcomes the conviction of Bala Chinda following the death on February 11, 2016, of Jessica McGraa in Aberdeen.
This was a challenging case for all those involved, using the full resources of Police Scotland to understand what happened to Jessica and trace the person responsible for her murder – a man who went to great lengths to cover his involvement and deceived his victim from the outset.
I would like to thank those who assisted officers with what was a particularly sensitive inquiry, and to our team of officers and staff for their work in bringing this case to court and building an overwhelming evidential case.”
Detective Houston said:
“At the heart of this horrific crime was a young mother, daughter and friend whose life was cut tragically short in what must have been terrifying circumstances.
Throughout, Bala Wadzani Chinda has shown no real remorse for his depraved actions and taken no responsibility for robbing a young boy of his mother. It is hard to imagine how difficult the past year has been for her family and friends and our thoughts are with them today.
I can only hope that this outcome, which I know may not provide them with closure, can help them begin to move on with their lives.”
Police in Scotland described it as a “horrific” case.
The jury at the High Court in Aberdeen returned its verdict with a unanimous murder sentence minimum term of 18 years.