A man has been sentenced after pleading guilty to stabbing a woman to death.
Noor Mohammad, 29 (06.06.88) of no fixed address pleaded guilty to the murder of 32-year-old Romina Kalaci.
He pleaded guilty on Wednesday October 26, at Blackfriars Crown Court on the first day of his trial.
On Thursday October 27, he was sentenced to life in prison to serve a minimum sentence of 24 years.
The court heard how on Monday May 29, police were called after concerns for the welfare of an occupant at an address in Fernhead Road, W9.
Officers attended and gained entry to the flat where they found the body of Romina Kalaci who was originally from Albania.
Ms Kalaci was pronounced dead at the scene. She had been subjected to a frenzied knife attack.
An immediate investigation began by detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command (HMCC).
A post mortem examination on Wednesday May 31 at Westminster Mortuary gave the course of death as multiple stab wounds.
The pathologist stated that the level of force used was severe. The wounds were consistent with a knife and broken blade found at the scene.
It was quickly established that Kalaci was a sex worker who entertained clients at her home address; she was found to have made contact with these clients through her phone and social media.
One of her callers was traced to a phone used solely by Mohammad and detectives began enquiries to find him.
On Saturday June 3, arrest enquiries were carried out an address in Sherwood Close, W13. Mohammad was present at the address. He was arrested on suspicion of murder.
It was noted that Mohammad had a cut to his hand. He told detectives the injury had happened while he was cooking.
Enquiries with a cab company showed that the day before the murder, Monday May 22, Mohammad had taken a cab from the Sherwood Close address to Fernhead Road.
At the Sherwood Close address police also seized a number of branded knives of the same make as the broken blade left at the scene in Fernhead Road.
Mohammad was further linked to the scene by a footmark and DNA recovered from one of the knives used in the attack.
Mohammad was charged with the murder on Sunday June 4.
Detective Inspector 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."