Beatrice Cenusa: East Dulwich man jailed for life for ‘vicious’ murder of ex-wife

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An East Dulwich man has been jailed for life after murdering his ex-wife a few metres away from their nine-year-old daughter.

Stony Stoica, 44, of Lordship Lane, stabbed 26-year-old Beatrice Cenusa to death on July 23 last year. He pleaded guilty at Inner London Crown Court and on Tuesday (February 1) was sentenced to life in prison, with a minimum of eighteen years.

Police were called at about 10.10pm on July 23 after Ms Cenusa’s neighbour found her lying in a pool of blood in the hallway of her home on Lordship Lane.

She was rushed to hospital but died a few hours later. Stoica handed himself into Peckham police station a few hours later and admitted he had just murdered his ex-wife.

CCTV footage showed Stoica walking towards Ms Cenusa’s address at about 10pm and running away from the house around nine minutes later. Items including his mobile phone, wallet and ID cards had also been left at the property.

Detective chief inspector Katherine Goodwin, who led the investigation, said: “Stoica’s attack was so vicious that Beatrice was discovered with the knife still embedded in her chest. He is clearly an extremely dangerous man and it is right that he will now spend a significant amount of his life in jail.

“Not only did he kill a completely innocent women, he also had no regard for the fact their nine-year-old daughter was in the next room. She will have to live with losing her mother in these traumatic circumstances for the rest of her life. Our thoughts today remain with her and the rest of Beatrice’s family.”

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