A “cruel” predator who beat to death a vulnerable young woman in a converted shipping container and buried her body in the woods has been jailed for life.
Neculai Paizan, 64, of Romania, was found guilty of murdering Agnes Dora Akom, 20, in northwest London after a trial at the Old Bailey.
Following the sentencing, Ms. Akom’s family accused him of “pulling her through the mud” in death because of his lies about her, in which he falsely claimed she was an abuser. prostitution and that she poisoned him with iced coffee.
On Monday, Judge Richard Marks QC said Paizan showed no remorse in jailing him for life with a minimum term of 22 years.
Judge Marks told him: “Your lengthy evidence, it is clear that you still completely deny what you did during the rampage of violence that took the life of that young woman at the age of 20.
“These are shocking acts of evil on your part.”
The judge commended the Metropolitan Police investigators for their “exceptional” work in bringing Paizan to justice.
As for Paizan’s possible motives, judge Marks suggested he violently assault him after she told him, “Don’t touch me.”
The court heard how Paizan hit his petite victim at least 20 times in the head with a jigsaw power tool during the brutal attack in Brent, northwest London, on 9 May last year.
CCTV then captured him calmly washing his hands and face before packing her body into the trunk of a car inside a bag.
The next day, he drove her to the Neasden Recreation Ground, where he used a wheeled crate to transport her to the woods, where he buried her beneath a pile of logs and branches.
In the coming days, Paizan visited the park where he hid the body five times while telling his son that he wanted to return to Romania.
Ms. Akom, a coffin maker from Hungary, is reported missing by her related boyfriend, with whom she lives in Cricklewood.
Her head in a black plastic bag, her heavily decomposing body was discovered by police hounds on June 14 last year, a week before her 21st birthday.
The police investigation led officers to the last known location of Ms. Akom, Paizan’s rented container.
Examination of the container revealed heavy blood stains on the victim’s body despite “best efforts” to clean it.
Ms. Akom’s blood was also found in the defendant’s car.
Her clothes were packed and thrown away in one pass along with the blood-stained jigsaw with Ms. Akom’s hair stuck to it.
Initially, Paizan told police that he had killed Ms. Akom in “self-defense” but then gave a different story about his evidence to jurors during the trial.
Paizan, a concrete mixer truck driver, admitted to moving the body but denied killing the young woman he knew as Dora, falsely claiming she poisoned him with iced coffee.
He described how he loved her “like a daughter” after finding her begging for a small change in a supermarket parking lot.
However, the evidence shows that he preyed on her vulnerability and targeted her with the promise of money.
They had met 54 times in the 12 months before the murder, and jurors were shown photographs that Paizan had taken of semi-naked Miss Akom, the court heard.
In a victim impact statement, Ms Akom’s mother described how her daughter and boyfriend Peter Lenart moved to the UK from Hungary for a “new life”.
Reading her statement, prosecutor Jake Hallam QC said the young couple’s hopes were “completely extinguished through the actions of this defendant”.
Ms. Akom’s mother said Paizan dragged her daughter’s name “through the mud after she died” and “presented herself as a victim” to the jury.
She added: “But he’s a liar.”
In his statement, Mr Lenart outlined the problems the couple had in the UK due to their youth and “lack of money”.
He also described Paizan’s lies to the jury as adding to his pain, saying: “I had to hear Paizan say that Agnes sleeps with 15 or 20 people a day – these are actually the hurtful comments. She did not do these things. She is not a prostitute.
“She is my love, my life partner and my best friend. He hunts for her weaknesses and knows it.”
The court downplayed that Paizan was assaulted in prison three times due to the nature of his crime and likely died behind bars.
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