Face of a killer
First picture of student Aliza’s murderer. Court hears he was fleeing abroad after fatal stabbing
THIS is the face of killer Yahya Gul, the “obsessive and possessive” teenager yesterday detained for life for stabbing to death A-level student Aliza Mirza, 18, in Manor Park.
He will serve at least 12 years before he can ask for parole.
After the Old Bailey hearing Det Ch. Insp. Stephen Clayman, who led the investigation, said police would look into an appeal against the sentence.
Earlier the court heard Gul was arrested by the police at M25 junction 30 after trying to flee to Dover.
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He had rung his father and claimed that he had been involved in a fight with a man in Manor Park the previous night.
Gul asked to be taken to Dover so he could get a ferry and said: “I don’t want to go to prison for 25 years.”
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But during the journey Gul finally admitted he had killed his ex-girlfriend and was persuaded to return to London to hand himself in, the court heard.
Gul changed his plea at the Old Bailey and admitted to the murder of student Aliza, 18, in Forest View Road on April 3.
He was a month short of his 18th birthday.
Judge Jeremy Roberts QC told Gul: “You have not only deprived a young woman of the whole of her adult life and her career as a TV journalist.
“You have caused immeasurable distress to the whole of her family and your actions have had the most devastating effects on all their lives.
“If you had been over 18 at the time, this fact alone would have required me to take the much higher starting point of 25 years. As it is this fact is still a very substantial aggravating one.
“I do accept that this may have occurred when you were suffering from significant distress and mental disturbance.
“This was your first serious relationship. It had become intense and volatile and I accept you were ill equipped to deal with problems which the relationship had created.
“It seems that both of you had difficulties of the kind young people very often do when they have no real experience of personal relationships.