Nicolae Patraucean, of Stanmore, murdered Rivka Holden in Colindale with knife before stealing her car

Nicolae Patraucean

Nicolae Patraucean

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A sadistic construction worker murdered a popular Israeli woman with a Stanley knife before mutilating her body, a court heard.

Nicolae Patraucean, 21, strangled Rivka Holden, 55, and slit her throat then dismembering her body with a two-and-a-half inch Stanley knife blade, the Old Bailey was told.

Ms Holden suffered horrific wounds in the attack at her home, in Falcon Way, Colindale, including slashes to her hands and face.

In court last Friday, prosecutor Timothy Cray described the attack as 'sadistic' and said large amounts of cash found in the flat show that Patraucean was not motivated by money.

"We would say it's particularly serious on the grounds of sadism," he added.

Judge Timothy Pontius adjourned the sentencing until October for pathology reports to be carried out on exactly how Ms Holden was killed.

He said: "I cannot pass sentence today, I need to consider in some detail the relevant evidence before considering what the appropriate sentence will be.

"There is quite a lot of evidence, not least from expert pathologists."

Ms Holden, who worked as a prostitute, was found dead on March 16 this year at her home and police also discovered her red Hyundai was missing.

Patraucean had been drinking heavily in the 24 hours before the killing and had also taken cannabis, cocaine and heroin, it is said.

He claims to have no memory of the brutal murder but previously pleaded guilty to the charge.

David Spens, defending, insisted Patraucean did not suffer from any mental illness.

He said: "Apart from some self-harm, there is nothing else that we are aware of and indeed the family members who know him well do not speak of any mental illness as such"

"The problem appears to be one that involves the excessive intake of drink and drugs."

Speaking after her death, Julian Mann, of the local Kingsbury Synagogue, said: "She was very warm and would sometimes drop into us for a chat and something to eat.

"My wife and I enjoyed talking to her.

"She also chatted in Hebrew with my son, who is a Rabbi, and asked which Rabbis she could go to for a blessing for her health.

"She had already had an operation on her foot and her walking was limited."

Patraucean, of Chichester Court, Stanmore, admitted murder. He will be sentenced on 24 October.

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11:14pm Tue 29 Jul 14

poada says...

What a surprise, another violent immigrant now being taken care of by the taxpayer for 20 years. Pfffttt.
What a surprise, another violent immigrant now being taken care of by the taxpayer for 20 years. Pfffttt. poada
  • Score: 7

8:59am Wed 30 Jul 14

surfnutt says...

Immigrant prostitue drug user gets murdered by immigrant drug using sadist anyone for Ukip ?
Immigrant prostitue drug user gets murdered by immigrant drug using sadist anyone for Ukip ? surfnutt
  • Score: 3

9:27am Wed 30 Jul 14

Adele Winston says...

I am not at all clear why the article mentioned the fact that the victim was a sex worker. It had nothing at all to do with her murder.
I am not at all clear why the article mentioned the fact that the victim was a sex worker. It had nothing at all to do with her murder. Adele Winston
  • Score: 7

4:02pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Kay222 says...

The fact she is a sex worker may be material otherwise it will not have been mentioned. Could be she picked up the client or vice versa who then murdered her after business because he was high on a cocktail of drugs. No excuse of course for the depraved behaviour of this sadistic man.
The fact she is a sex worker may be material otherwise it will not have been mentioned. Could be she picked up the client or vice versa who then murdered her after business because he was high on a cocktail of drugs. No excuse of course for the depraved behaviour of this sadistic man. Kay222
  • Score: 3

4:52pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Skhan13 says...

A woman was brutally murdered. It makes no difference what her profession was. Have some respect.
A woman was brutally murdered. It makes no difference what her profession was. Have some respect. Skhan13
  • Score: 7

12:21pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Sonoo Malkani says...

Fully understand how frustrated some tax-payers are feeling but we must follow the Law and let it take its course.There are no options available eg deporting them and letting them serve their sentence in their country of origin.That would be so much fairer to British tax-payers but sadly,is not on offer.

I am very grateful such a volatile and sadistic man,has been nabbed by the Police is being sentenced.I expect being a violent criminal he is being held in custody till his sentencing in October.

It worries me to think,after committing such a **** murder he might not have been locked up right away and kept out of circulation.Perhaps somebody more knowledgeable could enlighten us.Sends shivers down one's spine.
Fully understand how frustrated some tax-payers are feeling but we must follow the Law and let it take its course.There are no options available eg deporting them and letting them serve their sentence in their country of origin.That would be so much fairer to British tax-payers but sadly,is not on offer. I am very grateful such a volatile and sadistic man,has been nabbed by the Police is being sentenced.I expect being a violent criminal he is being held in custody till his sentencing in October. It worries me to think,after committing such a **** murder he might not have been locked up right away and kept out of circulation.Perhaps somebody more knowledgeable could enlighten us.Sends shivers down one's spine. Sonoo Malkani
  • Score: -3

12:21pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Sonoo Malkani says...

Fully understand how frustrated some tax-payers are feeling but we must follow the Law and let it take its course.There are no options available eg deporting them and letting them serve their sentence in their country of origin.That would be so much fairer to British tax-payers but sadly,is not on offer.

I am very grateful such a volatile and sadistic man,has been nabbed by the Police is being sentenced.I expect being a violent criminal he is being held in custody till his sentencing in October.

It worries me to think,after committing such a **** murder he might not have been locked up right away and kept out of circulation.Perhaps somebody more knowledgeable could enlighten us.Sends shivers down one's spine.
Fully understand how frustrated some tax-payers are feeling but we must follow the Law and let it take its course.There are no options available eg deporting them and letting them serve their sentence in their country of origin.That would be so much fairer to British tax-payers but sadly,is not on offer. I am very grateful such a volatile and sadistic man,has been nabbed by the Police is being sentenced.I expect being a violent criminal he is being held in custody till his sentencing in October. It worries me to think,after committing such a **** murder he might not have been locked up right away and kept out of circulation.Perhaps somebody more knowledgeable could enlighten us.Sends shivers down one's spine. Sonoo Malkani
  • Score: -6

12:22pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Sonoo Malkani says...

Fully understand how frustrated some tax-payers are feeling but we must follow the Law and let it take its course.There are no options available eg deporting them and letting them serve their sentence in their country of origin.That would be so much fairer to British tax-payers but sadly,is not on offer.

I am very grateful such a volatile and sadistic man,has been nabbed by the Police is being sentenced.I expect being a violent criminal he is being held in custody till his sentencing in October.

It worries me to think,after committing such a **** murder he might not have been locked up right away and kept out of circulation.Perhaps somebody more knowledgeable could enlighten us.Sends shivers down one's spine.
Fully understand how frustrated some tax-payers are feeling but we must follow the Law and let it take its course.There are no options available eg deporting them and letting them serve their sentence in their country of origin.That would be so much fairer to British tax-payers but sadly,is not on offer. I am very grateful such a volatile and sadistic man,has been nabbed by the Police is being sentenced.I expect being a violent criminal he is being held in custody till his sentencing in October. It worries me to think,after committing such a **** murder he might not have been locked up right away and kept out of circulation.Perhaps somebody more knowledgeable could enlighten us.Sends shivers down one's spine. Sonoo Malkani
  • Score: -6

9:48am Fri 1 Aug 14

Anthony Harrow says...

A Life for a Life
A Life for a Life Anthony Harrow
  • Score: 3

10:43pm Wed 6 Aug 14

zipposz says...

Another Romanian murderer. Cant stand these conts..
Another Romanian murderer. Cant stand these conts.. zipposz
  • Score: 1

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