Case: Edmonton stabbing: Floarea Nicolae
Floarea Nicolae
Case unsolved
Status: Unsolved
Categories: Uncategorised
Case synopsis:

Floarea Nicolae, 20, was stabbed to death in Edmonton, north London, on 1 June 2014.

Police were called to the junction of Grove Street and Fore Street at 12.20am.

Miss Nicolae, a Romanian national, died shortly after arriving at hospital. A postmortem found the cause of death was a single stab wound to the stomach.

Detectives launched a murder investigation and arrested two women aged 38 and 47 on suspicion of murder. The 38 year-old woman was released on bail.

On 6 June 2014 detectives charged Ayse Asim, 47 [27/5/67], of Langhedge Lane, Edmonton, with murder.

Asim went on trial at the Old Bailey on 5 December 2014 and was acquitted of both murder and manslaughter by the jury on 18 December 2014.

The court heard Asim had phoned police 12 times in ten months before the murder complaining about prostitutes in the area.

Prosecutor David Fisher QC claimed that shortly before the attack Asim left her home armed with a knife and walked to the junction of Fore Street and Grove Street to talk to Floarea Nicolae.

"Ayse Asim then walked to a nearby BP petrol garage where she purchased some cigarettes before returning,' he added.

"Further conversation took place for a short period took place, then without warning for no apparent immediate reason, Ayse Asim produced a knife she had taken to the scene and stabbed Floarea Nicolae once in the abdomen. She then walked away in the direction of her home."

Two days later Asim handed herself into police and told them: 'I may have stabbed someone.' She later told police in a prepared statement that she had not stabbed Ms Nicolae and had been 'confused' because of her medication.

The case remains unsolved.

Call the incident room on 020 8345 3865. To remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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