Norwich woman was victim of “senseless, brutal act of violence”, police say

PUBLISHED: 22:17 20 September 2018

Farnaz Ali. (Facebook with permission)

Farnaz Ali. (Facebook with permission)


Norfolk Police have given their opinion on the guilty verdict against Danny Williams for the brutal murder of Norwich woman Farnaz Ali.

Speaking after the guilty verdict, Acting Detective Inspector Neil Stewart, who led the investigation, said: “Farnaz Ali was the victim of a senseless, brutal act of violence at the hands of Danny Williams.

“During the trial the court has heard Ms Ali described as a peaceful, caring, and compassionate woman who saw the best in everybody.

“We know that on the evening of her murder she spoke with Williams, quite amiably, in the area of the communal bins outside their flats in Godric Place. We know that earlier she had expressed an intention to speak with Williams in order for him to turn his music down.

“On reflection there is no doubt in my mind from how she has been described and having just spoken cordially with Williams, that when she approached his flat she did so with no malice or hostility, but on good terms in order to discuss the issue of the noise levels. Only Danny Williams knows what happened next and what drove him to kill Ms. Ali in such a horrific manner.

Farnaz Ali murder trial at Norwich Crown Court. Acting detective inspector Neil Stewart.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYFarnaz Ali murder trial at Norwich Crown Court. Acting detective inspector Neil Stewart. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

“My immediate thoughts are for Farnaz’s loved ones who have sat in court throughout the trial process and had to endure listening to the awful details of her death.

“Nonetheless, they have done so with great dignity and whilst today they have seen justice, nothing can make up for the pain and anguish Williams has caused them and I can only hope that today’s conviction allows them to fully grieve and process their loss.”

Williams has been remanded in custody and will be sentenced on Friday, September 21 at Norwich Crown Court.

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