|Court Hears Details of Killing of Acton Dinner Lady
Daughter accused of stabbing Aziza Bennis over 30 times
A hearing at the West London Coroners’ Court last Friday (2 September) has been told more details about the circumstances of the death of Aziza Bennis.
The popular dinner lady, who worked at the Ark Acton Academy, was stabbed more than 30 times with severe force on Monday 15 August at her home in Boddington Gardens. The family had lived there for around 17 years.
The 58-year-old, who was originally from Casablanca in Morocco, was pronounced dead at the scene and formally identified by her 21-year-old daughter Hanna who is now standing trial for murder.
Mrs Bennis was found in her living room with stab wounds to her head, face, legs and arms and curled up in the foetal position. The coroner heard how the nature of some of her wounds showed that she had tried to defend herself.
A neighbour testified at an early hearing at the Old Bailey that Mrs Bennis had shouted 'please stop hurting me' at the time of the attack.
A coroner heard how Ms Bennis' daughter confirmed that the woman suffering stab wounds was her mother. Previously, an Old Bailey court heard on Friday, August 19, how the defendant allegedly used 'severe force' to stab her mum to death with neighbours hearing a woman scream from the flat.
Hanna Bennis remains in custody ahead of a plea hearing on 4 November with a trial provisionally due to take place from 31 July next year which is expected to last two weeks.
September 7, 2022