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Tragedy of Sheffield sex worker and mum-of-one stabbed 19 times in car park by savage killer

Published in The Star
6th June 2017


Yorkshire
Lying in a pool of blood after being stabbed 19 times, Michaela Hague managed to whisper a brief description of her attacker to the first police officer on the scene after she was found slumped on the ground following a knife attack.

But despite the clues and help from an eyewitness who saw the attacker driving away in a old-style blue Ford Sierra, Michaela’s killer has never been found.

The mum-of-one, who had a five-year-old son when she died, was working as a prostitute to fund her heroin use, when she was picked up by a punter in Bower Street in the city centre and driven to an isolated car park on nearby Spitalfields, off Nursery Street.

Michaela, aged 25, from Pitsmoor, was left for dead after being stabbed 19 times in her neck and back on Bonfire Night 2001. Before taking her final breaths, she told PC Richard Twigg that her attacker was white, clean-shaven, wore a wedding ring and where he picked her up from. She said he was around 38, about 6ft and was wearing a blue fleece and glasses.

Another sex worker described the car she saw driving away from Michaela as she lay slumped on the ground after the frenzied knife attack.

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Man accused of trafficking and controlling prostitutes refused bail

Published in The Belfast Telegraph
5th June 2017


Belfast
A man accused of trafficking and controlling up to four prostitutes operating in parts of Northern Ireland must remain in custody, a High Court judge ruled on Monday. Decebal Mihai, 28, was refused bail amid claims he exploited women who earned in excess of £125,000 from a sex trade centred in Banbridge, Co Down and Belfast. Prosecutors also disclosed that police believe there may be other victims of the same alleged vice racket.

Mihai, a Romanian national of Kenlis Street in Banbridge, and his 20-year-old brother Spartacus, from Henly Road in Ilford, Essex, are jointly charged with controlling prostitution, human trafficking and concealing, converting and transferring criminal property. They were detained after searches were carried out at Kenlis Street and a property on Belfast's Newtownards Road on May 25.

According to police four women were rescued from the two locations. But all four refuse to co-operate with the investigation and have turned up at court appearances in support of the defendants.

The brothers were allegedly observed driving women to clients for sex, including trips to hotels, according to the prosecution. Further research was said to have uncovered bank accounts and moneygram transfers of cash to Romania.

Crown lawyer Conor Maguire claimed £100,000 earned from the prostitutes over a three-year period was deposited in Northern Ireland. A further £26,000 was said to have been wired to Romania. One alleged victim transferred more than £12,000 to Decebal Mihai, while a second sent him over £10,000, the court heard.

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Man charged with murder of a woman in Kilburn

Published by the Metropolitan Police
4th June 2017


London
A man has been charged by detectives investigating the murder of a woman at her flat in Kilburn.

Noor Mohammed, 28 (06.06.88) of no fixed address was charged on Sunday, 4 June with the murder of 32-year-old Romina Kalachi at an address in Fernhead Road, W9 on Monday, 29 May.

He will appear in custody at Wimbledon Magistrates' Court on Monday, 5 June.

Detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command are investigating.