Man kills pregnant prostitute because she was near a mosqueBy Mason White 8:46 AM June 29, 2014
|Mariana Popa and Farooq Shah|
By: Devansh Dutt
A man was sentenced to life in prison after he killed a pregnant prostitute.
The pregnant woman from Romania, was stabbed to death after she allegedly refused to stop “working” near a mosque.
21-year-old Farooq Shah, was found guilty of stabbing Mariana Popa, in the chest while riding his bicycle along a stretch of road known as a prostitution area.
Miss Popa, 24, had been in the United Kingdom, for just three weeks and was trying to earn money to support her family when she was stabbed in Ilford, Essex.
The woman staggered into a Chicken & Pizza 4U on Ilford Lane, to get help, but she collapsed and died.
Popa, a mother of one child, was six weeks pregnant with her second child when she bled to death. CCTV footage showed Shah waiting in the front yard of a BP gas station near where prostitutes work.
Popa was seen walking towards her and talked to her before he stabbed her twice in the chest. Prosecutors believe that Shah warned Popa to leave the area, but she paid with her life when she refused.
Shah claimed that he was the victim of mistaken identity.
Police also found a stolen cell phone on him when he was arrested for the murder of Popa.
Judge Christopher Kinch QC, sentenced Shah to life in prison and ordered that he serve at least 29 years behind bars.