Partner of Norwich murder victim Farnaz Ali describes her as “totally unique person”

PUBLISHED: 07:01 21 September 2018 | UPDATED: 16:42 22 September 2018

Farnaz Ali (Facebook with permission)

Farnaz Ali (Facebook with permission)


The partner of a murdered woman who was left for dead in her neighbour’s flat has described her as a “totally unique person”.

Flat (bottom) in Godric Place where Daniel Williams lived. PIC: Peter WalshFlat (bottom) in Godric Place where Daniel Williams lived. PIC: Peter Walsh

Oliver Howlett lived in Godric Place with Farnaz Ali, his partner of almost 20 years, who was taken from him following a “violent murder” in July 2017.

Mr Howlett, who had been engaged to Ms Ali for about 10 years reported her missing after she failed to return from a walk on July 27 last year.

He said: “Farnaz and I were together for 18 years and I consider her to have been a totally unique person.

“You might think “Well he would say that” but I do really mean it.

“When I first met Farnaz, I felt as though I already knew her but I couldn’t explain how. We shared a love of nature and spirituality and used to have all kinds of strange but wonderful discussions.

“She was extremely cultural, unlike me, and she became something of an expert on Jane Austen who she considered radical and before her time.

“As well as a lover of the arts she had a definite entrepreneurial streak – despite not making much profit from her enterprises.

“I think that she launched Revision Tutors, her business, primarily to help people and only secondarily to make money. I know that she turned at least two students’ lives around. Just before her death she was working on a new website with a view to re-launching the business now the recession was over.

”Farnaz and I were like polar opposites in many ways, with opposite strengths and opposite weaknesses, but because of this we were able to help each other through life’s hurdles and complimented each other perfectly.”

Ms Ali had expressed concern about noise coming from Williams’ flat, something which he had raised concerns about on at least one occasion before.

Unbeknown to Mr Howlett, Ms Ali went to Williams’ address after leaving for her regular walk and was never to return.

But in a cruel twist of fate Mr Howlett saw Williams leave his flat that evening after Ms Ali had been brutally attacked with a hammer and left for dead.

Mr Howlett said “nobody could possibly replace” Miss Ali who he would always miss.

But he said that in a “strange way” he could feel her presence stronger now than ever, adding: “I do not feel that she has completely left me and I know we will be together again in some way.”

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