Case: Forest Gate stabbing: Milena Yulianova
Milena Yulianova
Jamshaid Khan
Status: Solved
Categories: Domestic
Case synopsis:

Milena Yulianova, 27, was stabbed to death by her husband in Forest Gate, east London, on 28 January 2014.

Police and paramedics were called to an address in Nigel Road at around 3pm.

Milena, a Bulgarian national, was taken to hospital but died at 8.22pm. She had been stabbed 13 times including a fatal injury to heart.

The next day her husband Jamshaid Khan, 28 [21/03/85], of Nigel Road, Forest Gate, was charged with murder.

Khan went on trial at the Old Bailey on 23 June 2015. The prosecution claimed that he murdered his wife during a row after she refused to help him stay in the country.

Khan arrived in the UK in April 2011 on a study visa and married Milena in December 2012. He was granted leave to stay until February 2013, but his appeals for indefinite leave were repeatedly refused and he was told to provide further documentation.

'He needed her help, he needed her co-operation and when ultimately she did not give it she had to pay the price with her life,' said prosecutor Lisa Wilding QC.

'The defendant deliberately wielded the knife upon his wife in a series of blows, which she tried to deflect with her arms, causing a wound which went through her arm and out of the other side, but against which she stood no chance.

'We suggest that he did so in a rage brought about because she had failed to assist him in his pursuit of a visa to reside in this country.

'He is, we will suggest to you, an obsessive and controlling man and on 28 January last year, perhaps realising he had lost control over her, whilst they were in the bedroom they once shared he attacked her with fatal consequences.'

Khan also sent his wife abusive text messages about her work as a masseuse and was trying to chat up other women on Facebook.

He denied murder on the grounds of self defence, telling the court his wife must have been injured during the struggle for the knife.

On 13 July 2015 the jury convicted Khan of murder. He was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 20 years before parole on 17 July 2015.

Killer Jamshaid Khan and victim Milena Yulianova

Judge Stephen Kramer QC said: "Whether or not the marriage was a marriage of convenience and a sham from the outset, I'm satisfied on the evidence that by 2013 you wanted Milena's help to further your application for permanent residency.

"By the end of 2014 you were in dire need of her support. Matters came to a head on the afternoon of 28 January when she refused to go with you to a bank to open a joint bank account, which you thought would help you in your application for residency.

"You killed Milena in anger because she wouldn't help and support you in that application."

Investigating officer Detective Inspector Andrew Kelly, of the Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: "We will never really know what happened between Milena and her husband that afternoon as she is sadly not here to tell her side of the story.

"However, the jury were satisfied Khan deliberately stabbed Milena in the midst of their altercation and I am pleased with today's verdict."

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