Noor Mohammad jailed for life after Romina Kalaci knife murder
Killer's footprint found at sex worker's home
27 October, 2017 — By William McLennan
A MAN was jailed for life yesterday (Thursday) for killing a sex worker at her home in a “frenzied knife attack”.
Noor Mohammad, 29, pleaded guilty to the murder of Romina Kalaci, 32, at her flat in Fernhead Road in May. Police were called by concerned neighbours and forced their way into her flat, where they found Ms Kalaci had been subjected to what police described as “frenzied knife attack”.
In the days after her killing the Met issued a warning to sex workers in London “to be extra vigilant at this time” and urged them to come forward if they were threatened, adding: “If you have any concerns about a recent client’s behaviour, especially where threats or violence have been used, do come and speak with us.”
But the English Collective of Prostitutes, known as the “Girls’ Union”, said that a series of raids and prohibitive police actions had made sex workers less likely to seek help.
They said: “Romina was a migrant from Italy, working in a residential flat. Like many sex workers Romina was working alone. While selling sex is legal in the UK, sharing the premises with a friend is classed a brothel and is illegal.”
They said changes in the law were needed to protect sex workers, adding: “This must be an urgent priority for a new UK government before more precious lives are lost.”
Mohammad was due to stand trial for Ms Kalaci’s murder at Blackfriars Crown Court on Wednesday
but, faced with the evidence, changed his plea to guilty at the last minute.
Detectives had used Ms Kalaci’s phone to trawl through previous clients and found one number linked to Mohammad. They located him at an address in Ealing, where they found a number of knives of the same brand as that left at the scene. He also had a cut to his hand, which he told detectives was from a cooking accident. However, forensic scientists found his DNA on the knife left at the scene, along with his footprint. They also discovered that a cab company had driven Mohammad from Ealing to Fernhead Road, Queen’s Park, on the day of the killing. He was sentenced yesterday to life in prison with a minimum term of 24 years.
Detective Inspector Justin Howick of the Met Homicide and Major Crime Command 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.”