Afghan ‘turned to murder to stay in UK’

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A volatile Afghan national murdered his young wife because he feared being forced to leave the UK if she divorced him, a court heard yesterday.

Farhad Sarfi, 23, denies murdering Polish national Orina Morawiec, 21, at their flat in south east London in August last year.

The Old Bailey trial was told he stabbed the former Marks & Spencer shop worker in the neck and chest multiple times and with such force that the knife ruptured her heart and penetrated through to the bone.

Opening the case, prosecutor Zoe Johnson QC said Ms Morawiec had become infatuated with the defendant after they met at Lewisham College where she studied tourism and administration.

When they married in 2012, she wore a head scarf and pledged to convert to the Islam religion for her controlling husband.

But the couple argued over her make-up and wearing Muslim dress. She was even forced to see her friends in secret.

The trial continues.