Lucian Stinci jailed for life for murdering housemate he had become infatuated with

|News, Violent crime , Domestic abuse

A hotel worker who fatally attacked his housemate with a hammer after he became infatuated with her has been given a life sentence.

Lucian Stinci, 34, attacked primary school teacher Florina Pastina, 36, after she rejected his advances in the past.

He also attacked two other housemates who were woken by the sound of the attack and came to Ms Pastina’s aid.

He was jailed today for life with a minimum term of 20 years imprisonment after admitting murdering Ms Pastina, assaulting another person, wounding a third person and possession of a class A drug at the Old Bailey on Friday.

Police were called to the house in Croydon, south London, by a neighbour after one of the injured housemates raised the alarm on the morning of 19 July last year.

Ms Pastina’s injuries included at least 15 blows to the head, and bruising to her arms and legs. She was taken to Kings College Hospital but her life support was withdrawn on 21 July.

Police discovered that Stinci had installed equipment in the shower to film his victim.

The night before the murder he had watched extreme online videos showing the torture, rape and killing of women.

A few hours before the attack he took a dose of Sildenafil, a drug used to treat erectile dysfunction.

Sally-Anne Russell, of the CPS, said: "Lucian Stinci described Ms Pastina as his friend, yet he brutally attacked her in a premeditated attack and hid the hammer in the garden behind the shed.

"Although he admitted straight away he had hit her, it was as a result of the strong prosecution case against him, that he had no other option than to admit murdering her.

"Our thoughts remain with Ms Pastina’s family and friends at this time."

Notes to editors

  • Lucian Stinci [DOB: 19/06/1983] pleaded guilty to:
    • the murder of Florina Pastina
    • assault occasioning actual bodily harm
    • possession of a class A drug
    • unlawful wounding
  • Sally-Anne Russell is a Senior Crown Prosecutor in London’s CPS Homicide unit
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