Man convicted of murdering 80-year-old woman
UPDATE: Rahim Mohammadi was given a life sentence and ordered to serve at least 19 years in prison on 30 November.
A man has been convicted of murdering an 80-year-old widow in an allotment shed.
Rahim Mohammadi, 41, was found guilty of murdering Lea Adri-Soejoko at the Old Bailey today (29 November).
Ms Adri-Soejoko, also known as Lea Hulselmans, was found in a locked shed in the Colindale allotments near her north London home on 27 February last year. She had been strangled using a lawnmower starter cable.
Mohammadi, from Hackney, had a plot at the allotment and tensions between the two had flared before.
He had aggressively shouted at Ms Adri-Soejoko in September 2016 at an allotment association meeting in front of other members.
The prosecution case was that Mohammadi murdered Ms Adri-Soejoko after physically assaulting her.
Fearing the consequences being identified as the perpetrator of the assault, he killed her and locked her body in the shed.
Ruth Bowskill from the CPS said: “Rahim Mohammadi lied about what he was doing on the afternoon Lea Adri-Soejoko was murdered saying he had not killed her and did not know who had. In fact, he had beaten and then strangled her.
“The prosecution was able to prove his guilt with evidence including DNA found on the lawnmower starter cord, the fact he could access and then lock the shed as a key-carrying committee member and CCTV showing his true movements on the day.
“Mohammadi gave contradictory and incomplete accounts which were shown by the prosecution to be fabricated in an attempt to cover his tracks and escape responsibility.
“Our sympathies go out to Ms Adri-Soejoko’s family and friends who have been deeply affected by this shocking and senseless crime.”
Notes to editors
- Ruth Bowskill is the Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor responsible for the Crown Prosecution Service London Homicide team
- Rahim Mohammadi (d.o.b. 24/07/1976) was found guilty of murder.