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Norwich killer’s actions spoke louder than words

PUBLISHED: 07:00 21 September 2018

27-year-old Danny Williams of Godric Place in Norwich was convicted by a jury following a two-week trial at Norwich Crown Court. Picture: Norfolk Constabulary

27-year-old Danny Williams of Godric Place in Norwich was convicted by a jury following a two-week trial at Norwich Crown Court. Picture: Norfolk Constabulary

Norfolk Constabulary

Actions speak louder than words.

And that is why 27-year-old Danny Williams has been convicted of the “violent murder” of Farnaz Ali, 49, who suffered 59 injuries after being struck repeatedly by a hammer.

His actions certainly spoke louder than his words, because he never said anything about what happened - at least not to police.

Ms Ali, who was found partially-covered in a bed sheet on the bathroom floor of Williams’ flat, was found to have injuries to her head, arms, neck and hands.

She also suffered from compression of the neck and had blood-stained tissue found “wedged” at the back of her throat.

Williams gave no comment interviews to police about what happened to Ms Ali on that summer’s evening when it is thought she went to complain to him about the noise coming from his flat.

He also chose not to take the stand to give evidence during the trial - where both his mum and dad appeared as a prosecution witnesses.

Williams’ silence to police has been deafening but it could not stop justice from being done.

Both his parents - Kim Williams and David Killingback - told Norwich Crown Court how their son had told them that something awful had happened at his flat in Godric Place.

Williams’ mum Kim was first alerted to the fact something might be wrong after taking a call from her son on Saturday, July 29.

A “mother’s instinct” was how she described feeling that something was not right and after pursuing it, got him to reveal that he had “done something wrong” and there was a woman who he thought was dead in his flat.

She spoke to Williams’ dad, Mr Killingback, who called police after Williams told him there was someone seriously injured or even dead at his flat.

Both parents told Williams to come back from Lowestoft where he had fled to following the killing.

Thomas Smalley, one of the friends at the Windsor Road address Williams went to, also made a call to police minutes later following the defendant’s behaviour at the flat.

Williams said he had “murdered” someone at his flat before trying to burn a bag with bloodied carpet and the hammer he had used. He had wanted Mr Smalley to help him burn the flat down and get rid of the body.

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