Stanmore man pleads guilty to stabbing 55-year-old Rivka Holden in Colindale

Harrow Times: Nicolae Patraucean Nicolae Patraucean

A man has pleaded guilty to murdering a woman as he stole her car.

Nicolae Patraucean, 20, a Romanian national living in Stanmore, was convicted of stabbing 55-year-old Rivka Holden to death on Sunday March 16, in Colindale.

A police car was flagged down just after midnight on the Sunday morning and officers were told a woman had been seriously injured at her home in Falcon Way.

Ambulance crews attended the incident and pronounced the woman dead at the scene.

The victim’s Red Hyundai i20, which had been stolen during the incident, was later found in the Kingsbury area.

A murder investigation was launched by Homicide & Major Crime Command and Patraucean was caught and charged with the murder on March 17.

At the Old Bailey yesterday Patraucean pleaded guilty to the murder and is due to be sentenced on Friday July 25.

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12:44am Sat 7 Jun 14

harvey_uk says...

Another great tragedy due to the open door to all from the EU with no background checks. Why can't the UK adopt the same security as the US, screen everyone before being allowed in to the UK, or like non-EU people wanting to reside in the UK screened for criminal, health and financial backgrounds. Lucky the person was caught, most EU criminals tend to disappear back to the EU, still little consolation to the victims family.
Another great tragedy due to the open door to all from the EU with no background checks. Why can't the UK adopt the same security as the US, screen everyone before being allowed in to the UK, or like non-EU people wanting to reside in the UK screened for criminal, health and financial backgrounds. Lucky the person was caught, most EU criminals tend to disappear back to the EU, still little consolation to the victims family. harvey_uk
  • Score: 11

9:33am Sat 7 Jun 14

diligaf says...

Totally agree, shame theres to many already here and with our totally useless soft touch government that makes it so easy for them to get here and get free hospital care free benefits.. were up against it all the time 24/7
Totally agree, shame theres to many already here and with our totally useless soft touch government that makes it so easy for them to get here and get free hospital care free benefits.. were up against it all the time 24/7 diligaf
  • Score: 6

1:14am Sun 8 Jun 14

Sonoo Malkani says...

Absolutely shocking.Well done to the Homicide and Major Crime Command for nabbing this young rogue and to the Court for his sentence.At least one less dangerous criminal roaming our streets!He will have plenty of time inside to consider the consequences of such a shocking action on his part.
Absolutely shocking.Well done to the Homicide and Major Crime Command for nabbing this young rogue and to the Court for his sentence.At least one less dangerous criminal roaming our streets!He will have plenty of time inside to consider the consequences of such a shocking action on his part. Sonoo Malkani
  • Score: 1

11:04am Sun 8 Jun 14

jackdaw says...

A well done to the police fro tracking this man down and arresting him. Let us hope the judge give a sentence that reflects the nature of his crime and when he has served it he is returned to Romania. When he is returned tell the Romanian police of his history so they can make sure he does not commit further crimes.

I hope he is not sent to an open prison. given three meals a day, and access to sky television and the gym. Why cannot the prison service insist the prisoners clean their prisons and do any running repairs themselves.

There are many people on low income who would like three meals a day, sky television and access to a gym. Some people have to resort to food banks. Why should good honest citizens have to struggle while this villain lives the life of riley in prison.
A well done to the police fro tracking this man down and arresting him. Let us hope the judge give a sentence that reflects the nature of his crime and when he has served it he is returned to Romania. When he is returned tell the Romanian police of his history so they can make sure he does not commit further crimes. I hope he is not sent to an open prison. given three meals a day, and access to sky television and the gym. Why cannot the prison service insist the prisoners clean their prisons and do any running repairs themselves. There are many people on low income who would like three meals a day, sky television and access to a gym. Some people have to resort to food banks. Why should good honest citizens have to struggle while this villain lives the life of riley in prison. jackdaw
  • Score: 9

10:34am Mon 9 Jun 14

Skhan13 says...

Send him home to serve his sentence. Why should the tax payer have to have yet another burden placed upon our finances against yet another person who has been allowed into this country and then just spat the gratitude back in our faces?
Send him home to serve his sentence. Why should the tax payer have to have yet another burden placed upon our finances against yet another person who has been allowed into this country and then just spat the gratitude back in our faces? Skhan13
  • Score: 4

1:02pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Sonoo Malkani says...

Couldn't agree more!We are spending millions of taxpayer pounds to keep these criminals in our prisons.David Cameron is keen to negotiate that this can be legally effected.Meanwhile,t
hey live off us and have a cushy life style.
Couldn't agree more!We are spending millions of taxpayer pounds to keep these criminals in our prisons.David Cameron is keen to negotiate that this can be legally effected.Meanwhile,t hey live off us and have a cushy life style. Sonoo Malkani
  • Score: 2

1:18pm Mon 9 Jun 14

DJFearRoss says...

This is why UKIP's work permit policy would work and she'd be alive today.
This is why UKIP's work permit policy would work and she'd be alive today. DJFearRoss
  • Score: 6

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