A jilted boyfriend was jailed for life today after he admitted murdering a pretty schoolgirl on her way to a party.
A-Level student Aliza Mirza, 18, had ended her turbulent relationship with Yahya Gul, when she agreed to meet him to talk one last time. But Gul, who was 17 at the time, armed himself with a knife and stabbed her repeatedly leaving her to die on the street.
Members of the public tried desperately to staunch the bleeding, after she was found face down in a pool of blood, but she died in hospital later that evening.
Violent: Aliza Mirza, 18, had ended her turbulent relationship with Yahya Gul, but he stabbed her repeatedly after convincing her to meet one last time
Gul, now 18, later said she had annoyed him ‘sworn at his family and he wasn’t going to take it anymore.’
The pair had met through friends but conducted much of their year-long secret relationship through the social networking site Facebook, where Gul called himself ‘General Yahya’ listing his religious views as ‘Muslim till I die and here after’.
But Gul became increasingly obsessed and possessive of Aliza, to the extent that he would slap and hit her if she offended him.
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Friends said he had become extremely religious since dropping out of school and started wearing traditional robes besides growing a beard.
Aliza summoned the courage to end the relationship, despite her still strong feelings for Gul, and it was this that seemingly pushed him over the edge.
At London’s Old Bailey Gul, from Ilford, Essex, pleaded guilty to her murder in April this year and was ordered to serve a minimum of 12 years.
In a moving statement read to the court, her father Munir Mirza, 50, said the loss of his eldest daughter had destroyed his family.
Mr Mirza, from Ilford, said: ‘I feel part of me is missing, I feel incomplete without our baby girl Aliza, we all do.
‘As she grew she was loved, cherished and admired by all who knew her, she had so many friends, who still to this day take time to come to our house and talk about Aliza, who they miss so dearly.
Grim discovery: Aliza was left for dead on a street near Manor Park in east London. She died later in hospital
‘There is not a day goes by where we don’t visit Aliza’s grave, talk to her, tell her how much we miss her.
‘To have to bury your child is the most unnatural thing, one that no parent should ever have to experience.
‘I will never have the opportunity to hold her in my arms, tell her I love her and tell her everything is going to be OK.
‘Life will never be the same, the devastating effects this has had on us all will remain with us forever.’
Prosecutor John McGuinness QC told the court: ‘They were both teenagers, boyfriend and girlfriend, with a relationship that could properly be described as turbulent, very much an on-off relationship.
‘They were known and seen on one occasion to argue. Two of her friends had noticed bruising and she had told her friends the defendant had hit her.’
‘Only a week before she was killed Aliza had told a friend the defendant slapped her, he wouldn’t leave her alone and she didn’t want to be with him.’
On Gul’s laptop police also found a file entitled ‘from me to you Yahya’ which was written by Aliza and dated February 16 of this year.
In it she wrote: ‘There is no trust, not from me to you or from you to me. You are violent and aggressive. I am not even your wife and you beat me and shout at me. What makes it OK for you to hit me and expect me to be fine with you?’
The court heard Aliza had agreed to meet Gul on the night of her death after a flurry of text and phone calls in which he begged to see her. She had been on her way to a party when they met in east London’s Manor Park.
Gul, who was born in Afghanistan, slashed her throat before stabbing her in the chest and stomach, and ran off to meet his friends. He tried to leave the county after her murder but he was arrested soon after by police.
Aliza, who had two brothers and two sisters, was studying Information Technology, English, government and politics and media at Canon Palmer School in Ilford.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Mr Murza warned all parents to talk to their children so they are always aware of what they are doing and can warn of possible dangers they might face.
‘Parents have to keep an eye on their children. And you have to talk to them about the dangers that are out there. He [Yahya] didn’t just kill Aliza, he killed us too. He has destroyed our family.’