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Labourer guilty of murdering website foreman in London

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Labourer Elton Sefa has been discovered responsible of murdering website foreman John Woodward after he bludgeoned him to dying on a development web site in London

The courtroom heard how John Woodward was employed as a web page foreman by a construction company which was working on a building in Hatton Yard, EC1. Elton Sefa was a labourer who had worked with John Woodward for about seven months prior to the murder on a range of setting up web sites. He had used a false name ‘Frankie’ and false individual specifics to get the occupation.

The pair are stated to have bought on nicely. Even so, a colleague experienced outlined that the day just before the murder there appeared to be some stress right after Woodward experienced develop into irritated that Sefa experienced cleared away their resources early.

It also was founded that Sefa experienced lately queried his weekly pay out which Woodward had taken up on his behalf with the corporation – nevertheless, it was confirmed that the fork out was right.

On 17 April 2018, both equally adult men experienced arrived for get the job done at the site in Hatton Backyard. Protection cameras from in and all-around the design web-site exhibit both equally of them heading about their perform. Although other workmen have been present, only Sefa and Woodward were doing the job on the fourth flooring of the web page.

Soon just after 2:00pm, Sefa was viewed on digital camera strolling up the stairs from the team home on the initially ground – as he walked he appeared to be checking at the rear of him.

He then assaulted Woodward with a metallic scaffolding pole, hanging him a number of occasions on the head. Sefa then fled the setting up web page leaving Woodward lying hurt on the deserted fourth ground location.

It was at all over 2:40pm that Woodward’s physique was learned by yet another employee and the alarm was lifted.

The crisis expert services attended but very little could be finished and John Woodward died at the scene at 3:07pm.

A publish-mortem evaluation verified he had died as a end result of blunt power trauma to the head. Woodward experienced also suffered lacerations to his neck potentially brought on by a blood-stained Stanley knife found nearby.

Investigation

Officers straight away started an investigation and promptly established that Sefa, also regarded as ‘Frankie’, experienced still left the building web-site devoid of signing out. Immediately after finding out security cameras, they also identified the footage of Sefa making his way to the fourth floor space right away prior to the assault and then fleeing with what appeared to be blood on his hands.

By 8:00pm that evening, Sefa had boarded a flight to Amsterdam and he then produced his way to his indigenous Albania. Sefa’s serious identification was verified and he was arrested by the Albanian authorities on 28 February 2019 ahead of currently being extradited back to the Uk in January 2020.

Elton Sefa was located guilty of murdering John Woodward at the summary of a demo at the Old Bailey on 29 June. He will be sentenced at the same court docket on Thursday, 8 July.

Detective inspector James Howarth from the Met’s Expert Crime unit, stated: “John was a loving and caring spouse and children person and supervisor who was attacked in the cowardly fashion by the person who John had overseen for the previous seven months.

“Elton Sefa has refused to say why he attacked John in these a brutal and frenzied way and that has only extra to the distress for John’s relatives.

“To John’s family, I convey my admiration for your patience, fortitude and dignity which you shown more than the earlier three traumatic and quite tough many years.

“I hope that now Elton Sefa has been convicted of John’s murder, you can commence to rebuild your lives and transfer on from this traumatic episode.

“This has been a intricate and protracted investigation and I would like to thank all those people concerned for their diligence and tenacity in making sure Sefa was brought again to the United kingdom to deal with justice.

“To those people who dedicate horrendous and barbarous offences – do not imagine that by leaving these shores you are safe. We will locate you. We will extradite you. You will encounter justice.”

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