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Woman, 25, jailed for 20 years for ‘frenzied’ murder of Canning Town man aged 23

PUBLISHED: 16:49 11 December 2017 | UPDATED: 09:35 12 December 2017

Hasna Begum

Hasna Begum

Metropolitan Police

A woman who inflicted 32 fatal stab wounds in a jealous rage on a man she claimed was her boyfriend has been jailed for 20 years.

Pietro SannaPietro Sanna

Hasna Begum, 25, launched a “frenzied” attack on Italian national Pietro Sanna, 23, at his home in Ravenscroft Close, Canning Town, at 6.30am on Friday, June 23.

Today, she was found guilty of his murder by trial at Inner London Crown Court and simultaneously sentenced to life imprisonment.

DCI Gary Holmes, who led the investigation, said: “This was a callous, brutal and merciless attack on a young man who had his whole life ahead of him.

“Begum, who stands at 4ft 11ins tall and worked as a store assistant, had never previously been arrested by police.

“The frenzied brutal nature of the attack must have been entirely unexpected by the victim.

“Her behaviour before and after the attack was very conceited and her claim of self-defence was rightly dismissed by the jury.”

The court heard how Begum, of Byng Street, Canary Wharf, tracked down music lover and novice DJ Pietro after hammering on his neighbour’s house while dressed in a blonde wig on the morning of June 23.

Upon discovering Pietro, she stabbed him to death before fleeing the scene with his mobile phone.

Detectives later discovered that the culprit, who believed herself to be in a relationship with Pietro, had already made threats to a woman on Instagram using fake accounts.

She believed the woman to be seeing Pietro and was also found to have tracked her.

Following the murder, she anonymously phoned her victim’s brother three days later telling him to go to the flat.

He arrived to find his brother’s body covered with multiple stab wounds and called the emergency services, who later pronounced Mr Sanna dead at the scene.

Detectives arrested Begum the next day on suspicion of murder but she insisted she had acted in self-defence.

However, officers discovered Begum had received treatment for a thumb injury during the attack and had attempted to thwart the investigation by phoning Pietro’s phone six times after his death.

Pietro’s devastated mother, Valentina Coiana, said in a statement: “I can feel the cold, the fear, the loneliness he experienced in dying that way, and I feel the cold, the fear, the loneliness myself, for not being able to talk to him again, for not being able to hug him again, for not being able to see the realisation of all his life projects.”

She added: “Despite the fact that we go on with our jobs, studies, and daily lives, there is a void in our family that will never be filled.”

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