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Man jailed for minimum of 24 years for 'brutal' murder

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A man convicted of murdering a woman in Norwich has today (Friday 21 September 2018) been sentenced to life imprisonment to serve a minimum of 24 years.

The sentencing, held at Norwich Crown Court, follows an eight-day trial, which ended yesterday, when a jury took just three hours to find 27-year-old Danny Williams guilty of the murder of Farnaz Ali.

The 49-year-old, described as being peaceful, caring, and compassionate, died after she was subjected to a sustained assault involving a hammer by Williams in his flat at Godric Place on Friday 28 July 2017.

The trial heard Farnaz had gone out for a walk around 7pm after complaining about noise coming from Williams’ flat. When she failed to return home from her walk a few hours later, she was reported missing by her partner. Officers attended and enquiries were carried out into her disappearance.

Around 8pm, Williams took a taxi from his address to a flat in Windsor Road in Lowestoft where he spent the night. During the evening he disclosed to others that he’d murdered a woman and that her body was still in the bathroom of his flat. The court also heard how during the evening a fire was lit in the rear garden of the address where an attempt was made to burn a bag which Williams had brought with him to the Lowestoft address. The bag contained various blood stained items including clothing and a piece of carpet, which he had cut from his living room at Godric Place.

Later that evening Williams and two others friends drove to the Denes Oval area of Lowestoft, where he disposed of a hammer. This was later recovered by police and was believed to have been used in the attack on Ms Ali.

At around 2.30pm the following day (Saturday 29 July 2017) one of these friends became so concerned he reported what Williams had both said and done to the police.

Shortly afterwards at around 2.45pm Norfolk Police received a further call reporting a concern for the safety of a woman at flats in Godric Place. Officers subsequently forced entry to the address where the body of Ms Ali was discovered on the bathroom floor.

Williams was arrested half an hour later at 3pm along with a 20-year-old woman and a 41-year-old man and all three were taken into custody for questioning.

Williams was charged two days later with murder and was remanded in custody. The man and woman were released without charge.

A/Detective Inspector Neil Stewart, who led the investigation, said: "Farnaz Ali was the victim of a senseless, brutal act of violence at the hands of Danny Williams.

"During the trial the court has heard Ms Ali described as a peaceful, caring, and compassionate woman who saw the best in everybody.

"My immediate thoughts are for Farnaz’s loved ones who have sat in court over the last few weeks and have had to endure listening to the awful details of her death. Nonetheless, they have done so with great dignity and whilst today they have seen justice, nothing can make up for the pain and anguish Williams has caused them and I can only hope that today’s sentencing allows them to fully grieve and process their loss."

Man found guilty of murdering woman in Norwich

A man has today, Thursday 20 September 2018, been found guilty of the murder of a woman in Norwich last year.

27-year-old Danny Williams of Godric Place in Norwich was convicted by a jury following a two-week trial at Norwich Crown Court.

Farnaz Ali, aged 49 and also from Godric Place, died after she was subjected to a sustained assault involving a hammer by Williams in his flat on Friday 28 July 2017.

The court heard Farnaz had gone out for a walk around 7pm after complaining about noise coming from Williams’ flat. When she failed to return home from her walk a few hours later, she was reported missing by her partner. Officers attended and enquiries were carried out into her disappearance.

Around 8pm, Williams took a taxi from his address to a flat in Windsor Road in Lowestoft where he spent the night. During the evening he disclosed to others that he’d murdered a woman and that her body was still in the bathroom of his flat. The court also heard how during the evening a fire was lit in the rear garden of the address where an attempt was made to burn a bag which Williams had brought with him to the Lowestoft address. The bag contained various blood stained items including clothing and a piece of carpet, which he had cut from his living room at Godric Place.

Later that evening Williams and two others friends drove to the Denes Oval area of Lowestoft, where he disposed of a hammer. This was later recovered by police and was believed to have been used in the attack on Ms Ali.

At around 2.30pm the following day (Saturday 29 July 2017) one of these friends became so concerned he reported what Williams had both said and done to the police.

Shortly afterwards at around 2.45pm Norfolk Police received a further call reporting a concern for the safety of a woman at flats in Godric Place. Officers subsequently forced entry to the address where the body of Ms Ali was discovered on the bathroom floor.

Williams was arrested half an hour later at 3pm along with a 20-year-old woman and a 41-year-old man and all three were taken into custody for questioning.

Williams was charged two days later with murder and was remanded in custody. The man and woman were released without charge.

A/Detective Inspector Neil Stewart, who led the investigation, said: "Farnaz Ali was the victim of a senseless, brutal act of violence at the hands of Danny Williams.

"During the trial the court has heard Ms Ali described as a peaceful, caring, and compassionate woman who saw the best in everybody.

"We know that on the evening of her murder she spoke with Williams, quite amiably, in the area of the communal bins outside their flats in Godric Place. We know that earlier she had expressed an intention to speak with Williams in order for him to turn his music down.

"On reflection there is no doubt in my mind from how she has been described and having just spoken cordially with Williams, that when she approached his flat she did so with no malice or hostility, but on good terms in order to discuss the issue of the noise levels. Only Danny Williams knows what happened next and what drove him to kill Ms. Ali in such a horrific manner.

"My immediate thoughts are for Farnaz’s loved ones who have sat in court throughout the trial process and had to endure listening to the awful details of her death. Nonetheless, they have done so with great dignity and whilst today they have seen justice, nothing can make up for the pain and anguish Williams has caused them and I can only hope that today’s conviction allows them to fully grieve and process their loss."

Danny Williams has been remanded in custody and will be sentenced tomorrow, Friday 21 September 2018 at Norwich Crown Court.

Man remanded in custody following woman's murder

A second man arrested in connection with the murder following a woman’s death in Norwich at the weekend, has been released under investigation.

Officers were called shortly before 2.30pm on Saturday 29 July 2017, following reports for the concern for the safety of a woman in Godric Place. Upon arrival, the body of 49-year-old Farnaz Ali was discovered inside a flat.

Enquiries led officers to an address in Windsor Road in Lowestoft, and three people, two men and a woman, were arrested later that afternoon in connection with the incident.

A man, aged in his 30s, and a woman, aged in her late teens, have been released under investigation whilst the enquiry continues.

26-year old Danny Robert Williams of Godric Place, Norwich who was charged with murder appeared at Norwich Magistrates Court via video link this morning, Tuesday 1 August 2017. He has been remanded in custody to appear at Norwich Crown Court tomorrow, Wednesday 2 August 2017.

Detectives launch murder enquiry following Norwich death 30 July I 21.33

Detectives have launched a murder enquiry following the death of a woman in Norwich yesterday, Saturday 29 July 2017.

It’s after officers were called shortly before 2.30pm following reports for the concern for the safety of a woman at a property in Godric Place. Upon arrival, the body of a woman was discovered.

An investigation was launched and a seal has been placed at the scene whilst enquiries continue.

A Home Office post mortem examination was carried out this afternoon, Sunday 30 July, and has concluded that whilst the cause of death is still pending further investigations, the victim appears to have been subjected to a sustained assault.   

Two men and one woman were arrested in connection with the incident and taken into custody for questioning where they remain at this present time.

A/Detective Inspector Neil Stewart, who is leading the enquiry, said: "We are in the early stages of our investigation and working to establish the sequence of events which led to this woman’s death.

"There are a significant number of lines of enquiry which we will continue to pursue over the coming days which will include house to house enquiries in the local area.”

Detectives continue to investigate Norwich woman's death 31 July I 12.56

Detectives are continuing to investigate following the death of a woman in Norwich at the weekend.

Officers were called shortly before 2.30pm on Saturday 29 July 2017, following reports for the concern for the safety of a woman at a property in Godric Place. Upon arrival, the body of a woman was discovered inside a flat.

Enquiries led officers to an address in Windsor Road in Lowestoft, and three people, two men and a woman, were arrested in connection with the incident.

The woman has subsequently been released under investigation whilst the enquiry continues and the two men remain in custody at this stage.

A seal remains in place at the scene in Norwich and Lowestoft and officers will be carrying out house-to-house enquiries in the local area today and tomorrow.

Man charged with Norwich woman's death 31 July I 18:50

One man has been charged with murder following a woman’s death in Norwich at the weekend.

Officers were called shortly before 2.30pm on Saturday 29 July 2017, following reports for the concern for the safety of a woman at a flat in Godric Place. Upon arrival, the body of a woman was discovered.

Enquiries led officers to an address in Windsor Road in Lowestoft, and three people, two men and a woman, were arrested later that afternoon in connection with the incident.

Detectives have today, Monday 31 July, charged 26-year old Danny Robert Williams of Godric Place, Norwich with murder. He has been remanded in custody and is due to appear at Norwich Magistrates Court tomorrow morning, Tuesday 1 August 2017.

A second man remains in custody and a woman was subsequently released under investigation whilst the enquiry continues.

Formal identification has taken place and police can confirm that the victim is named as 49-year old Farnaz Ali, of Godric Place, Norwich.