Elton Sefa, 24, was discovered guilty of murdering 47-calendar year-aged John Woodward at the summary of a demo at the Previous Bailey on Tuesday. He will be sentenced at the exact same court docket next thirty day period.
The courtroom read how Woodward was employed as a site foreman by a refurbishment contractor on a setting up in Hatton Backyard, EC1.
Sefa was a labourer who experienced labored with Woodward for all around 7 months prior to the murder on a range of making web-sites. He had employed a untrue name ‘Frankie’ and fake personal facts in order to get the occupation.
The pair are claimed to have got on effectively. But a colleague experienced described that the working day prior to the murder there appeared to be some pressure following Woodward experienced turn into irritated that Sefa experienced cleared away their applications early.
It also was founded that Sefa experienced not long ago queried his weekly pay out which Woodward experienced taken up on his behalf with the corporation – on the other hand, it was verified that the shell out was accurate.
On 17 April 2018, equally adult men had arrived for get the job done at the web site in Hatton Garden. Security cameras from in and close to the development web page present both of those of them going about their do the job. When other workmen were present, only Sefa and Woodward ended up functioning on the fourth ground of the web site.
Soon soon after 14:00hrs, Sefa was found on digital camera to walk up the stairs from the personnel space on the first floor – as he walked he appeared to be examining at the rear of him.
He then assaulted Woodward with a steel scaffolding pole, placing him a range of instances on the head. Sefa then fled the constructing web page leaving Woodward lying hurt on the deserted fourth floor space.
It was at close to 14:40hrs that Woodward’s system was identified by a different employee and the alarm was lifted.
The unexpected emergency services attended but nothing could be finished and he died at the scene. A post-mortem assessment subsequently confirmed he had died as a final result of blunt power trauma to the head. He experienced also suffered lacerations to his neck possibly induced by a blood stained Stanley knife located close by.
Officers promptly commenced an investigation and quickly established that Sefa experienced left the developing web site without the need of signing out. Right after researching safety cameras, they also identified the footage of Sefa creating his way to the fourth floor place promptly prior to the attack and then fleeing with what appeared to be blood on his palms.
That night, Sefa boarded a flight to Amsterdam and then produced his way to his native Albania. His true identification was verified and he was arrested by the Albanian authorities on 28 February 2019 in advance of getting extradited again to the British isles in January 2020.
Detective Inspector James Howarth from the Met’s Expert Criminal offense led the investigation and explained: “John was a loving and caring loved ones man and supervisor who was attacked in the cowardly manner by the person who John had overseen for the past seven months.
“Elton Sefa has refused to say why he attacked John in this sort of a brutal and frenzied way and that has only included to the distress for John’s loved ones.
“To John’s household, I convey my admiration for your tolerance, fortitude and dignity which you shown over the previous 3 traumatic and extremely difficult yrs. I hope that now Elton Sefa has been convicted of John’s murder, you can start off to rebuild your lives and move on from this traumatic episode.
“This has been a sophisticated and protracted investigation and I would like to thank all these concerned for their diligence and tenacity in ensuring Sefa was brought back again to the British isles to experience justice.”