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Norwich murderer had caution after biting his mother

PUBLISHED: 18:10 20 September 2018 | UPDATED: 21:09 20 September 2018

Police at the scene of the death at a property in Godric Place in Norwich. Picture Emma Knights.

Police at the scene of the death at a property in Godric Place in Norwich. Picture Emma Knights.

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The man convicted of murdering a neighbour in his Norwich flat had a caution after biting his mother on her hand and telling her that he would kill her.

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 Constabulary27-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

Danny Williams’ conviction for the murder of his neighbour Farnaz Ali at his flat in July last year follows just a single caution back in 2014.

It relates to an incident at his mother’s address in Bland Road, Norwich, after he had an argument with his brother.

The defendant’s father-in-law became involved before Williams’ then bit his mother on the hand and said he would “kill you”.

Williams admitted the offence and said he reacted because he was angry.

27-year-old Danny Williams of Godric Place in Norwich was convicted by a jury following a two-week trial at Norwich Crown Court. Pictured: The murder weapon. Picture: Norfolk Constabulary27-year-old Danny Williams of Godric Place in Norwich was convicted by a jury following a two-week trial at Norwich Crown Court. Pictured: The murder weapon. Picture: Norfolk Constabulary

Norwich Crown Court heard that Williams suffered brain damage as a child which affected his “cognitive functioning” and resulted in a disorder which “impacts on his ability to exercise self-control”.

Williams, who also had problems with cerebral palsy, epilepsy and learning difficulties, found reading or writing difficult and was bullied as a child - a time when he was referred to as a “clown” because of how he messed around.

He left mainstream school and was helped by the NR5 Project - a charity which helps support people aged 14 to 16 at risk of permanent exclusion from school.

From the age of 15 Williams had difficulties with seizures which typically struck while he was sleeping and continued into his adult life.

In the week before the murder Williams suffered a couple of seizures within days of each other and was taken to hospital as a result.

Williams, the father of a two children who had been taken into care before the killing, had moved into the Godric Place flat about a year before the murder but had split from his partner at the time.

Williams struggled with understanding things and living independently and got stressed with things like bills.

Although he was helped by his parents, who both tried to be there for their son, he was on his own when, having taken drink and drugs, Ms Ali made the fateful decision to confront him about the noise.

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