Man jailed for murder - High Wycombe

10/04/2017

A man appeared at Reading Crown Court today, Monday, 10 April 2017, and was jailed for life, and is to serve a minimum of 24 years, for the murder of a woman in High Wycombe last September.

Ahsan Hassan, aged 28, of Dashwood Avenue, High Wycombe was sentenced today after being found guilty of murder last Thursday, 6 April 2017, following a 5-week trial.

Matthew Knight, Senior Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "This case involved the murder of 20-year-old Zofia Sadowska in High Wycombe last September.

"In the early hours of Monday, 19 September 2016, emergency services were called to a multi-occupancy house in Dashwood Avenue, High Wycombe to reports that a man had attempted suicide by cutting his wrists. Ahsan Hassan was found in a serious condition and taken to hospital and his girlfriend, Zofia, was found dead at the property.

"During the course of the investigation, CCTV footage was obtained from a disused fast food restaurant in Gayhurst Road, which showed Hassan and Zofia arriving just before 11.30pm, 18 September and going inside. When Hassan left the shop, to get into a taxi, at just before 2am, 19 September he is seen carrying the motionless body of Zofia over his shoulder. It was established during the investigation that Hassan had told the taxi driver that Zofia was drunk and asleep. Forensic examinations supported the proposition that Zofia was restrained, assaulted and killed at the shop. Among items found at the shop was a section of cling film and brown tape, which gave a positive reaction to a saliva test and may have been used as a gag, and a net curtain, which contained Hassan and Zofia's DNA. Even though they had only been in a relationship for 4-5 months, Hassan had become obsessed with Zofia and the motive for the murder is believed to be Hassan's intense jealousy at Zofia's friendships with other men. He is clearly an extremely selfish, devious and obsessive individual.

"Hassan initially claimed that he had killed his girlfriend in a suicide pact, but denied her murder. He was found guilty of murder last Thursday, 6 April 2017, following a 5-week trial, despite his denials.

"This case represents a tragedy for Zofia's family and friends, who have been devastated by her death. I would like to pay tribute to them for their support of the investigation and prosecution. We have worked closely with Thames Valley Police since this investigation was launched and as a result of the hard work and diligence of the prosecution team, a just outcome has been achieved. We know that nothing will bring Zofia back to her family and friends, but we hope that the conviction and today's sentence bring them at least a small sense that justice has been done. Our thoughts are very much with them all at this time."

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Inspector Stuart Blaik of Thames Valley Police's Major Crime Unit, said: "Zofia Sadowska was a fun loving young mother who had everything to live for. She was murdered a week before her 21st birthday at the hands of Ahsan Hassan.

"The court has heard during this trial the details about Hassan's controlling, manipulative and coercive behaviour, which resulted in her murder on the evening of Sunday, 18 September 2016. On the night of her death, Zofia was expecting to be going to a special party. However, this never happened.

"Hassan had already hatched a plan to kill her, because he knew that their relationship was going to end that night and he selfishly couldn't cope with that.

"Zofia didn't want to die; she had spoken about turning her life around, getting a job and learning English.

"I would like to thank Zofia's family for all the support they have given the investigative team during a truly horrific period of their life. They have shown an incredible amount of strength since the dreadful events of September last year. I would also like to thank all the witnesses who have shown great courage in giving their evidence during this trial, and lastly to the Police Officers, Police staff and our colleagues in the CPS, who have worked extremely hard on this investigation."

Usman Ansar, aged 40, also of Dashwood Avenue, High Wycombe, who was also on trial, was found not guilty of attempting to pervert the course of justice.