Man sentenced to life imprisonment for murder of Queen’s Park escort
PUBLISHED: 16:50 26 October 2017 | UPDATED: 17:04 26 October 2017
A man who stabbed a Queen’s Park escort to death in a “fast moving and frenzied attack” has been jailed for life for her murder.
Noor Mohammad, 29, murdered Romina Kalaci at her home in Fernhead Road on May 22. She was found a week later when police forced open the front door.
He was sentenced to life imprisonment to serve a minimum of 24 years at Blackfriars Crown Court today, changing his plea to guilty yesterday.
The court heard that Ms Kalaci was a 32-year-old Italian/Albanian woman who been living in the UK since 2016.
She advertised her services as an escort on a website which is how she came into contact with Mohammad.
Mohammad, of Sherwood Close, Ealing, arrived at Ms Kalaci’s flat on May 22 armed with a knife from his kitchen.
Judge John Hillen said he subjected her to such a “savage stabbing” above her head and body.
He added: “The blade of the Morphy Richards knife was left embedded in her neck after it snapped due to brutal force.”
The court heard Mohammad found another knife in her flat which he used to stab her before dragging her “feet first” into her shower where he “jammed her head into an unnatural angle” and continued to stab her inner thigh.
After the crime he tried to dispose of his phone and clothes, the court heard, and maintained his innocence until after the trial had started.
Neighbours alerted police to a “terrible smell” coming from her flat and when they entered the property her mobile phone could be heard playing music on a loop.
Judge John Hillen said her family heard from her the day before she died. He added: “This is a terrible burden for those who knew and loved her. They not only lost a daughter, a sister, a friend, but also must bear that loss knowing how she died.”
DI Justin Howick of the HMCC, said. “Noor Mohammad’s attack on Romina Kalaci was brutal and sustained. He made concerted efforts to avoid implication before and after her murder. His plea reflects the weight of overwhelming evidence gathered following a meticulous investigation by the Met’s Homicide Command and scientific support services.
“Mohammad’s actions and his refusal to admit his guilt over many months have caused Ms Kalaci’s family considerable pain. I hope they can take some small comfort in seeing this man brought to account.”
Mohammad, a Bengali who had overstayed his student visa and was in the country illegally, will be deported if released in 2041.