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Man found guilty of murdering his wife



- Orina Morawiec

- Safi

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05-Mar-2014 13:13

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A man who killed his wife and attempted to flee the country has today been found guilty of the murder at the Old Bailey.

Farhad Safi, 23 (1.01.91) of Eastdown Park, SE13, was found guilty of the murder of Orina Morawiec, 21, in 2013.

He is due to be sentenced tomorrow, Thursday, 6 March.

The court heard on the morning of 14 August 2013 Orina who was at her home address in Eastdown Park, SE13 phoned her mother to make arrangements to meet her later that afternoon. The two agreed to go swimming and have lunch together and arranged to meet outside the Carphone Warehouse on Lewisham High Street at 13:00hrs.

Orina’s mother arrived at the prearranged time and location and waited for about an hour for her daughter. Orina failed to turn up and as it was out of character her mother made several phone calls to see where she was. With no reply and becoming increasingly concerned she walked the short distance to Orina’s home.

Upon her arrival Orina’s mother gained access through the communal door but she could not get a response at Orina’s front door, she placed a bag of groceries at the door and left.

At around 17:00hrs Orina’s mother returned to the flat with her partner. With the bag of groceries still at the front door and still no response from Orina they called the police.

Officers arrived at approximately 17:50hrs and forced entry into the address via the rear door. On searching the property they found Orina’s lifeless body covered up with a duvet and a quantity of loose clothing lying on a sofa bed in the living room. The London Ambulance Service attended and Orina was pronounced dead at the scene.

A post-mortem examination held on 16 August 2013 gave the cause of death as multiple stab wounds.

Safi had not been seen since the day of the murder and he was circulated by detectives as being wanted. He was last captured on CCTV walking at pace close to Eastdown Park at 12:15hrs.

On 16 August 2013 officers from Kent were on mobile patrol, when they received information that a male had been seen by members of the public walking along the A20 dual carriageway near to the entrance of the Euro Tunnel.

Checks were carried out and the male was identified as Safi. He was arrested and taken to Folkestone police station and detained. He was subsequently conveyed to Lewisham police station for interview.

During his interview Safi handed police a prepared statement in which he denied all responsibility for Orina’s murder but claimed a gang had killed her in order to put him in prison. Safi was later charged with Orina’s murder.

Detective Chief Inspector Graeme Gwyn, of the Homicide and Serious Crime Command, said: “Safi has given no true explanation as to why he murdered Orina that day. He concocted an elaborate story in a prepared statement which he gave to police in order to cover up his involvement in her death.

“Orina had her whole life ahead of her and this was brutally taken away from her. Orina’s mother has been left completely devastated and I hope that today’s conviction brings a small amount of solace to her family.”