Abusive ex-boyfriend jailed for murder

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“Life will never be the same again”, family still grieve for lost daughter

A MAN who stabbed his former girlfriend to death has been jailed for life.

Yahya Gul, 18, attacked A-Level student Aliza Mirza in east London’s Manor Park after she agreed to meet him for one last time.

He stabbed her in the neck and fled as she lay dying on the evening of April 3rd 2009.

Gul was arrested on the M25 in Essex. Police believe he was attempting to flee the country after officers found he was carrying his passport.

Gul, from Ilford, Essex, pleaded guilty to her murder and was jailed for a life with a recommendation he serve a minimum of 12 years.

In a moving statement read at London’s Old Bailey, Aliza’s father Munir Mirza, 50, said the loss of his eldest daughter had destroyed his family.

Mr Mirza, from Ilford, said: “I feel part of me is missing, I feel incomplete without our baby girl Aliza, we all do.

“As she grew she was loved, cherished and admired by all who knew her, she had so many friends, who still to this day take time to come to our house and talk about Aliza, who they miss so dearly.

“There is not a day goes by where we don’t visit Aliza’s grave, talk to her, tell her how much we miss her.

“To have to bury your child is the most unnatural thing, one that no parent should ever have to experience.

“I will never have the opportunity to hold her in my arms, tell her I love her and tell her everything is going to be OK. Life will never be the same, the devastating effects this has had on us all will remain with us forever.”

The court was told Aliza had ended the relationship after Gul became possessive and violent.

On the night of the murder Gul bombarded Aliza with text messages urging her to meet him. While she initially declined, she finally agreed to meet him. They met at Manor Park Station and walked the short distance to Forest View Road where he later launched into a vicious attack.

Aliza was rushed to Whipps Cross Hospital but was later pronounced dead.

A post-mortem examination gave cause of death as a stab wound to the neck.

DCI Stephen Clayman of the Homicide and Serious Crime Command, who led in investigation, said: “Gul was in a relationship with Aliza. It was clear that this was a turbulent relationship, and that Gul was possessive and had been violent to her.

“On the day of the murder he had repeatedly sent her text massages and called her, trying to meet up with her. While she initially declined, she finally agreed to meet him. They met at Manor Park Station and walked the short distance to Forest View Road where he later stabbed her a number of times.

“Gul had taken a knife with him and we have no doubt that it was his intention to murder Aliza.

“Our thoughts go out to Aliza’s family and what is an extremely difficult time for them.”

Five other people who were all arrested as part of the murder investigation have all been released by police with no further action to be taken.

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