A student has spoken of her grief after her partner was knifed to death while trying to save his colleague from an attacker outside a prestigious £12.5 million London home.
Madalina Anghel, 23, from Newham, East London and Tudor Simionov, 33, met as students and quickly fell in love, before planning to tie the knot in 2019.
However, Tudor lost his life in an unprovoked attack on New Year’ Eve while working as a security guard at a three-bedroom townhouse on Park Lane in London.
When a group of men tried to gain entry to the building, Tudor rushed to the aid of a work colleague who was being attacked by a group of men, and was stabbed.
Three of the assailants are now in jail, but Ossama Hamed, 26, remains at large after fleeing to Morocco.
Madalina told Femail: ‘Someone, somewhere must know where Hamed is now. I ask anyone with information to speak to the police, as soon as possible. Imagine how you’d feel, knowing one of those involved in the death of your loved one was still walking free.
Student Madalina Anghel, 23, from Newham, East London and Tudor Simionov, 33, planned to tie the knot in 2019 – but he was stabbed and killed while working as a security guard, with Madalina revealing she feels she has ‘lost everything’ (pictured together)
Madaline remains devastated over his death, revealing: ‘Tudor was only 33-years-old when he died, and we had planned our whole lives together. He was the kindest person I ever knew – in losing him, I’ve lost everything.
The couple first met in 2015, when both were studying for business degrees at the University of Bucharest in their home country of Romania.
Madalina recalled: ‘For a year, we were just friends. But Tudor made a big impression on me. He was handsome, thoughtful, sensible and hard-working. He was 11 years older than me – I felt I could look up to him, learn from him.
‘In 2016, we started dating. Tudor was a kind, considerate partner. He was also sporty and competitive.
‘He loved the sport of rowing and was successful in competitions at international level. He also enjoyed kick-boxing as a way of keeping his fitness up.’
Together, the couple enjoyed travelling, visiting countries including Austria, Bulgaria and Holland.
In October 2018 they moved to the UK together, intending to pursue their studies with masters degrees and allowing Tudor the opportunity to focus on his rowing.
Madalina said: ‘I got a job as a sales assistant and Tudor looked for work, too. In Romania, he was manager of a transport company.
‘But now, while seeking something more permanent, because he was tall and strong with martial arts skills, he found temporary work as a security guard.
Madalina was left devastated when her partner was stabbed and killed, forcing her to identify her fiance’s body in the same year the couple had planned to marry
‘Meanwhile, we started talking about getting married and having a family together. There wasn’t any big proposal gesture – that wasn’t Tudor’s style.
‘It was a gradual thing which was decided between us. Just three days before he died, we were talking about buying an engagement ring.’
The couple had not set a date but intended to wed in the summer of 2019.
In the final days of 2018, Tudor was offered a shift, working on the door for a party at 80 Park Lane in Central London.
‘He asked if I’d mind him working on New Year’s Eve, as we usually spent it together. I told him that was fine, we could always celebrate later,’ Madalina revealed.
Park Lane is one of the city’s most famous address with tenants including Fred Astaire, Elizabeth Taylor, Mohammed Al Fayed, and the Sultan of Brunei.
Tudor had sent a picture of himself to Madalina two hours before the attack on New Year’s Eve standing proudly in the lobby of the upmarket building, which was decked out with huge Christmas decorations (pictured)
In 2016 the three-bedroom townhouse on 80 Park Lane, where the attack took place, was said to be worth £12.5 million and was advertised to rent at £4,000 a week.
Madalina said: ‘On New Year’s Eve 2018, Tudor went off to work, looking very smart in his suit and tie. We spoke on the phone at midnight to wish each other a happy new year, and again at about 2am. Then I went off to sleep.
Tudor sent a picture of himself to Madalina two hours before the attack on New Year’s Eve standing proudly in the lobby of the upmarket building, which was decked out with huge Christmas decorations.
An altercation followed with CCTV showing Tudor being stabbed as he attempted to intervene.
Despite the efforts of the emergency services, he was pronounced dead at the scene after a single stab wound to the chest.
The couple first met in 2015, when both were studying for business degrees at the University of Bucharest in their home country of Romania
Madalina said: ‘Next thing I knew, about 9am on New Year’s Day 2019, I was woken by police officers knocking at my front door. They told me that Tudor was dead.
‘A group of men trying to get into the party had attacked one of his security guard colleagues. As Tudor went to the other man’s aid, he was stabbed to death.
She added: ‘I couldn’t take it in. It was a horrible shock – when my fiancé went to work hours earlier, I hadn’t been worried about him. But even then I knew it was typical of him, to risk his life for someone else – he was always so caring.’
On New Year’s Day someone posted CCTV footage of the attack including the moment that Tudor was stabbed to death.
Madalina, who had to identify her fiancé’s body, said: ‘I didn’t mind people seeing the footage online. Now everyone would know my Tudor was a hero, and I hoped the footage might help the police catch those who did this wicked thing.’
Nor Hamada (left), 24, from Brent, pleaded guilty to manslaughter after previously pleading guilty to a count of violent disorder. Ahmed Munajed, 26, from Hammersmith and Fulham, pleaded guilty to violent disorder, and was previously sentenced to two years and nine months imprisonment (right)
Haroon Akram, 26, from Hammersmith and Fulham, had previously pleaded guilty to manslaughter in August 2019 (left). Ossama Hamed, 26, of Hillingdon, is also believed to have been involved in the attack but remains wanted by police (right)
‘We were meant to be getting married later that year. But instead of going to the church to arrange our wedding, I went there to bury him.
‘Instead of making vows to spend our lives together, I had to attend a court case against the men who took his life.’
While police made a number of arrests, Madalina travelled to Romania to arrange Tudor’s funeral in the church where they’d intended to marry.
The service was conducted by a priest who was a family friend and more than 500 people attended.
‘Tudor’s parents had both passed away, and he had no siblings, so it fell to me to make all the arrangements. He was laid to rest in the grave beside his father’s. It was the last thing I could do for him. We were each other’s family,’ said Madalina.
Adam Khalil, 21, from Brent, had previously pleaded guilty to manslaughter in August 2019
After the ceremony, she returned to the UK to await the trial of the men accused of involvement in the attack and in March this year a court case began at the Old Bailey.
Nor Hamada, 24, from Brent, pleaded guilty to manslaughter after previously pleading guilty to a count of violent disorder.
Adam Khalil, 21, from Brent, and Haroon Akram, 26, from Hammersmith and Fulham, had previously pleaded guilty to manslaughter in August 2019.
Following the attack, the defendants fled in a range of cars, as detectives from the Met Police’s Specialist Crime command launched a murder investigation.
Within 24 hours of the killing, Hamada fled the UK and travelled to Morocco.
He was later arrested as he tried to re-enter the UK on Sunday 17 February 2019.
Khalil also travelled to Morocco but after returning to London was arrested at his home address, despite attempting to evade being caught by jumping out of a window.
Haroon Akram was arrested on Tuesday 29 January and the group were sentenced on March 25.
Hamada received seven years for manslaughter and three years for violent disorder to be served concurrently.
Chief suspect is still on run as trio are jailed for total of 24 years for knife murder of bouncer
Adam Khalil, 21, Haroon Akram, 26, from west London and Nor Hamada, 23, appeared via video link at the Old Bailey from Belmarsh Prison where they were jailed for a total of 24 years on March 27.
Adam Khalil, 21, from Kingsbury, north-west London, and Haroon Akram, 26, from Fulham, and pleaded guilty to Mr Simionov’s manslaughter.
Barber Nor Hamada, 24, from Wembley, was found guilty of violent disorder and in March admitted manslaughter.
However, Ossama Hamed, 26, who is alleged to be behind the stabbing, from Hillingdon, fled the country and is wanted by Scotland Yard.
Judge Anthony Leonard QC jailed Khalil for 11 years and Hamada for seven years for manslaughter, with the latter given three years for violent disorder, to run concurrently.
Akram, who played a lesser role, was sentenced to six years and nine months in prison.
In his sentencing remarks, Judge Leonard acknowledged a victim impact statement from Mr Simionov’s fiancee Madalina Anghel, who had described him as ‘an amazing man who lit up any room he walked into’.
The judge accepted the killing was ‘spur of the moment’ and was not pre-planned.
But he said it was aggravated by the fact others were injured and it involved group violence in a public place when there were a large number of members of the public present.
He added that Khalil, who played a ‘major role’, had been armed with a knife and was subject to a community order at the time.
Philip Evans, QC, prosecuting, said the fast moving fracas left the doorman with unsurvivable injuries.
Footage of the brutal fight showed a knife being wielded by Ossama Hamed, 25, as Hamada fought with Mr Simionov’s colleagues.
Hamed inflicted the fatal wound before he fled the UK with Hamada, who had been out celebrating his birthday, on a ferry to Calais.
They travelled onto to Paris, then Barcelona before flying to Morocco, North Africa.
They ended up in Rabat, where Hamada received a call from his mother to say police had contacted her explaining they knew he was not the knifeman.
Hamada said: ‘I stayed with him maybe three or four days, four or five max. He was going out and I told him I was not in the mood for going out.
‘As soon as he left, I got by bag and left. I went to Tangier. He poisoned my thoughts. He was using me as a scapegoat.
‘Mr Simionov and me, had no issue. I had no quarrel with him. He was a security man doing his job at the end of the day.’
Hamada, from Wembley, north west London, was arrested at Gatwick Airport and told officers he was not a murderer.
He was convicted of violent disorder and four wounding charges, but a jury failed to reach a verdict against him on the charge of murder.
Hamada finally admitted manslaughter earlier this month.
Khalil, of Kingsbury, northwest London, and Akram, of Fulham, southwest London, also admitted manslaughter.
Ahmed Munajed, 26, of Hammersmith, west London, admitted violent disorder and was earlier jailed for two years.
El Shalakany, of Fulham, was cleared of violent disorder over his alleged role in the fighting while his then partner Shaymaa Lamrani, 27, of northwest London was acquitted of perverting the course of justice by disposing of the murder weapon.
Hamed is still on the run.
Khalil was given 11 years for manslaughter and Akram got six years and nine months for the same offence.
Ahmed Munajed, 26, also from Hammersmith and Fulham, pleaded guilty to violent disorder, and was previously sentenced to two years and nine months imprisonment.
Meanwhile, Ossama Hamed, 26, of Hillingdon, is also believed to have been involved in the attack but remains wanted by police.
Madalina did not speak in court but her victim statement was read out on her behalf.
She said: ‘I tried not to look at the guilty men in court. They were not worthy of my attention.
‘I’m pleased they were convicted but we must now keep working to find Ossama Hamed, who remains on the run from police.
‘Nothing can change the past, or bring Tudor back to me, but finding Hamed and making him face justice will help me find closure after all that has happened.
Madalina said her life was ‘turned upside down’ by the attack and death of her boyfriend, which left her devastated
‘Since that New Years Eve, my life has been turned upside down. But am very proud of having been Tudor’s fiancée and being the keeper of his memory. He was a good person.’
Acting Detective Chief Inspector Garry Moncrieff, who led the investigation, said: ‘The defendants in this case acted together to carry out a brutal attack which left a completely innocent man fatally wounded.
‘Thanks to the efforts of everyone involved in the investigation, the evidence against Hamada, Khalil, Akram and Munajed was indisputable. They had little choice but to plead guilty to involvement in Tudor’s death.
‘Madalina’s life will never be the same. For her sake, we are determined to find Ossama Hamed who we believe played a significant role in this attack.’
Anyone who thinks they may know the whereabouts of Ossama Hamed, or has any information which could help lead the police to him, is urged to call the Met Police incident room on 0208 358 0300.