A 38-year-old pregnant woman, Gyuldzhan Hadzhieva, in North London stabbed herself in the chest, back, and leg in a plot to claim she was a victim of domestic violence to justify the killing of her boyfriend, according to the Mirror.
On February 3, Police officials were called to a home “above Bill Nicholson pub in Tottenham” about a domestic dispute.
When they arrived at the scene, they discovered 32-year-old Shenol Erol Ali dead on the floor from multiple stab wounds, and his girlfriend, Hadzhieva, was found in a fetal position with multiple injuries.
Paramedics rushed Hadzhieva to a local hospital where she remained in critical condition for 11 days.
Ali’s body was transported to a local medical examiner’s office where it was determined that he was stabbed 26 times, including four times in the head.
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When police officials questioned Hadzhieva, she told them that her boyfriend lost his temper after he caught her rummaging through his pockets.
She said it began as an argument then soon turned into a physical attack, stabbing her in the chest, back, and leg before slitting her throat.
However, it was later uncovered that Hadzhieva’s injuries were self-inflicted.
London police say she staged the murder to make it appear as if she was a victim of domestic violence when, in fact, she murdered her boyfriend in cold blood.
It was reported that the woman repeatedly stabbed her boyfriend and let him bleed to death before alerting the police.
The woman denied stabbing herself and slitting her own throat, but CCTV footage indicates that “no one had entered or left the home around the time of the attack.”
Just five days after the incident, she was arrested on “suspicion of murder,” according to BBC News.
On Friday, August 12, a jury found Hadzhieva guilty of murdering her boyfriend and covering it up to make it seem as if she was a victim of domestic violence.
At the Wood Green Crown Court on Monday, Judge Noel Luca sentenced Hadzhieva to life in prison.
During her sentencing, Judge Luca told her that “underpinning each of your lines of defense was your claim of having no recollection of causing any injury to Ali.”
“Consistent with jury’s verdict, I reject your version of events and I reject your claim of having no recollection of the relevant events.”
Judge Luca went on to say that “you deliberately failed to get any assistance in the immediate aftermath of him sustaining his injuries. I regard this as a significant aggravating factor.”
“Whatever your intention was at the time you injured yourself, you deployed those injuries to your advantage by blaming Ali for causing them.”
“It is clear that Ali was attempting to defend himself by grabbing the blade of the knife you were wielding.”
The judge added that “I regard the ferocity of the attack and the multiple injuries you inflicted on him, despite Ali’s attempts to defend himself, to be a further aggravating factor.”
“In the absence of a truthful account from you as to how things started, I am not able to determine, with any confidence, how the assaults started or what your intention was from the outset.”
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Detective Andrew Chalmers stated that “whilst the motive behind the murder remains unclear, one thing is certain, Hadzhieva inflicted multiple injuries on her partner in the room they shared.”
“Her injuries were consistent with having been self-inflicted. Whether she planned to kill herself or hoped to pin the blame on Shenol, we may never know.”
Hadzhieva was pregnant during the time of murder but it was not immediately made clear “how many months pregnant she or if she lost the baby due to her self-inflicted injuries.”
Before Hadzhieva can be considered for release, she must serve a 16-year minimum sentence.
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