A man has pleaded guilty to brutally stabbing his wife to death at their home.

Kema Salum, 39, of Kirkstall Avenue in Haringey admitted to the murder of 35-year-old Leyla Mtumwa at the Old Bailey on Monday.

He will be sentenced at the same court on October 5.

Police were called on Friday, March 30 at around 7am to reports of a violent assault at Salum’s home.

When police arrived, Salum answered the door with blood on his hands claiming his wife had injured him.

Leyla was found inside the house stabbed.

Despite the efforts of the emergency services, Ms Mtumwa died from stab wounds to the neck and chest at 8.11am.

Salum was immediately arrested on suspicion of murder. As he was arrested Salum told officers: "This is my wife and we fight."

He was charged the next day.

Detective Chief Inspector Dave Whellams said: "In what should have been the safest place for her, Leyla was brutally stabbed to death by her husband.

"Salum will now face a lengthy sentence for his actions that night.

"The true motive of Leyla's death still remains unknown and sadly we may never know what happened in the lead up to the attack.

"However I hope today's conviction brings Leyla's family some measure of comfort and closure."