Bognor monster Hajrudin Hasanovic guilty of wife's murder

Bognor monster guilty of wife's murder

MURDERED: Cassandra Hasanovic

GUILTY: Hajrudin Hasanovic

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A man who brutally stabbed his wife to death in front of their two young sons screamed abuse at her family as he was jailed for life at Lewes Crown Court.

Hajrudin Hasanovic, 34, killed his estranged wife, Cassandra, in a street in Bognor last summer after he lost a custody battle.

He was convicted of her murder after a three-week trial and ordered to serve at least 18 years behind bars before he is considered for release.

But as he was led to the cells he suddenly started shouting at his dead wife's family and friends who were sitting in the public gallery only feet away.

He yelled: "You killed her. You are bastards all of you.

"My children will never forgive you for what you have done to me and Cassie."

This was a horrendous act of violence committed in a public place in full view of your children, who you claimed to care so much about. In killing her you not only took her life but you deprived those boys of their mother and devastated her family and friends.

Judge Richard Brown

There was an angry exchange between him and some members of her family before detectives stormed into the dock to force Hasanovic down the steps to the cells, while relatives were left in tears.

Hasanovic killed his wife as she and the children were about to be driven to the safety of a women's refuge by her mother.

Mrs Hasanovic, 24, was terrified her husband would kill her and just hours before she was murdered she asked the police to escort her to the refuge, but she was told it was not possible.

She had just finished packing the car for the journey to the safe house when Hasanovic launched the fatal attack with a kitchen knife in Normanton Avenue, Bognor, on the afternoon of July 29 last year.

He had learnt he had lost his custody battle for their children and was being deported to his native Serbia.

Mrs Hasanovic, known as Cassie, was dragged from the car, repeatedly stabbed and left lying in a pool of blood while her frightened sons, who were in the back-seat of the vehicle, looked on.

Her mother, Sharon de Souza, stood helplessly nearby desperately trying to call the police on her mobile phone.

Hasanovic denied murder but admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility. He claimed he had not intended to kill her.

But the jury of three men and nine women unanimously convicted him of the cold-blooded murder after considering their verdict for seven hours.

Judge Richard Brown told him: "I am satisfied on the evidence in this case that you clearly planned to kill your wife and you armed yourself for that purpose.

"This was an horrendous act of violence committed in a public place in full view of your children, who you claimed to care so much about. In killing her you not only took her life but you deprived those boys of their mother and devastated her family and friends."

The judge told him he had tried to hide behind a cloak of depression. He said: "You didn't even have the courage to give evidence during this trial."

During the trial Mrs Hasanovic's mother, who had sat through each day, told the court her daughter has been "besotted" with Hasanovic when she married him. She said: "She loved him very much. Until the day my daughter was murdered she loved her husband but she was frightened of him and frightened he would hurt the children."

Mrs de Souza was living in Nyewood Lane, Bognor, at the time of the murder but since then has moved to Australia with her grandsons.

During the trial the court heard the Hasanovic and his wife married in September 2003 but she suffered regular physical and mental abuse throughout their relationship which turned her from being bright and bubbly to a "petrified" young woman.

She told her family: "He is going to kill me."

In May 2007 she ended their marriage after complaining to police he had attacked her.

She feared he would snatch the children and take them Serbia so she flew with them to Australia, where she was bought up and still had relatives.

During her stay he plagued her and her family with texts and phone calls demanding to see his children and threatening to kill her. But she was forced to return to the UK after Hasanovic took legal action to gain access.

Mrs Hasanovic, who had lived in Portsmouth and Dover with her family, arrived back in Britain in February last year and stayed with her mother in Bognor. But despite a court granting a non-molestation order banning him from contacting her, the threatening calls continued.

Just before the fatal attack, she had won a residence order and Hasanovic, who had arrived in the UK in 2000 illegally but after his marriage was given a spousal visa, had been informed he would be deported to Serbia.

Hasanovic did not give evidence at his trial but a psychiatrist told the court he was suffering from severe depression at the time of the killing.

Hasanovic rang 999 after the attack and told police: "I've done something bad."

He claimed he had not intended to kill her and had the knife with him because he used it to help repair his dentures when they fell out.

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3:39pm Fri 1 May 09

Lil says...

Sick sick man.
Sick sick man. Lil
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4:35pm Fri 1 May 09

PETE OF QUEENS PARK says...

Bring back the DEATH PENALTY then we might get back to the country we used to know prior to the last hanging when you could walk the streets without fear
Bring back the DEATH PENALTY then we might get back to the country we used to know prior to the last hanging when you could walk the streets without fear PETE OF QUEENS PARK
  • Score: 0

6:18pm Fri 1 May 09

orue says...

I am disgusted to think that my taxes will be used to keep this b*****d in relative luxury until he is released and probably deported to carry on his life back in his country of birth. He should be executed. How much DROSS does Britain have to endure strolling into our country before we become a bit more selective?
I am disgusted to think that my taxes will be used to keep this b*****d in relative luxury until he is released and probably deported to carry on his life back in his country of birth. He should be executed. How much DROSS does Britain have to endure strolling into our country before we become a bit more selective? orue
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7:23pm Fri 1 May 09

davyboy says...

orue wrote:
I am disgusted to think that my taxes will be used to keep this b*****d in relative luxury until he is released and probably deported to carry on his life back in his country of birth. He should be executed. How much DROSS does Britain have to endure strolling into our country before we become a bit more selective?
good point. solitary confinement and luxury are pending for this lowlife. this is a case where the death penalty should be given, but cannot be.
[quote][p][bold]orue[/bold] wrote: I am disgusted to think that my taxes will be used to keep this b*****d in relative luxury until he is released and probably deported to carry on his life back in his country of birth. He should be executed. How much DROSS does Britain have to endure strolling into our country before we become a bit more selective?[/p][/quote]good point. solitary confinement and luxury are pending for this lowlife. this is a case where the death penalty should be given, but cannot be. davyboy
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7:24pm Fri 1 May 09

Hugh Janus says...

"Mrs Hasanovic, 24, was terrified her husband would kill her and just hours before she was murdered she asked the police to escort her to the refuge, but she was told it was not possible."

Well done Bognor Police, another great call .....
"Mrs Hasanovic, 24, was terrified her husband would kill her and just hours before she was murdered she asked the police to escort her to the refuge, but she was told it was not possible." Well done Bognor Police, another great call ..... Hugh Janus
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7:46pm Fri 1 May 09

Osama bin there says...

Hugh Janus wrote:
"Mrs Hasanovic, 24, was terrified her husband would kill her and just hours before she was murdered she asked the police to escort her to the refuge, but she was told it was not possible." Well done Bognor Police, another great call .....
Exactly.
[quote][p][bold]Hugh Janus[/bold] wrote: "Mrs Hasanovic, 24, was terrified her husband would kill her and just hours before she was murdered she asked the police to escort her to the refuge, but she was told it was not possible." Well done Bognor Police, another great call .....[/p][/quote]Exactly. Osama bin there
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10:07pm Fri 1 May 09

TheInsider says...

The police were probably busy manning protests by so-called peace campaigners and anti-capitalists.
The police were probably busy manning protests by so-called peace campaigners and anti-capitalists. TheInsider
  • Score: 0

10:07pm Fri 1 May 09

snerper says...

He wasn't too keen on her family either then by the sound of it!
It must be remembered that Serbians have a different, more violent culture than we have here, but give it time, we'll get there too, eventually! I disagree with his sentence though, he should have got the rope! We're soft on people who aren't soft on us that's the problem with our society, if they decide to take the p*** then we should take the hard line and go for the maximum penalty! If we did then maybe they'd eventually realise that fighting fire with fire and taking no s*** from scum like them would happen on every occasion, then it would make them think again! Deporting people like him is no good, it just lets them loose on other people elsewhere, stop them permanently and save future misery for other people too! It's odds on that with his type there would always be future offences committed!
He wasn't too keen on her family either then by the sound of it! It must be remembered that Serbians have a different, more violent culture than we have here, but give it time, we'll get there too, eventually! I disagree with his sentence though, he should have got the rope! We're soft on people who aren't soft on us that's the problem with our society, if they decide to take the p*** then we should take the hard line and go for the maximum penalty! If we did then maybe they'd eventually realise that fighting fire with fire and taking no s*** from scum like them would happen on every occasion, then it would make them think again! Deporting people like him is no good, it just lets them loose on other people elsewhere, stop them permanently and save future misery for other people too! It's odds on that with his type there would always be future offences committed! snerper
  • Score: 0

12:09am Sat 2 May 09

Valerie Paynter says...

And when he is 52 will the deportation order still be in effect? If he is deported to serve the l8 years now, would the Serbians keep him in prison?

Why do so many women still fall victim to controlling men who kill what they cannot control.
And when he is 52 will the deportation order still be in effect? If he is deported to serve the l8 years now, would the Serbians keep him in prison? Why do so many women still fall victim to controlling men who kill what they cannot control. Valerie Paynter
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12:29am Sat 2 May 09

kkj says...

'Monster' Argus? Who says? Not the judge, not the prosecutors. Just the local newspaper.
'Monster' Argus? Who says? Not the judge, not the prosecutors. Just the local newspaper. kkj
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12:58am Sat 2 May 09

kkj says...

PETE OF QUEENS PARK wrote:
Bring back the DEATH PENALTY then we might get back to the country we used to know prior to the last hanging when you could walk the streets without fear
How many people have been hung for murder in this country?

If the death penalty really worked the answer would be 'one'.
[quote][p][bold]PETE OF QUEENS PARK[/bold] wrote: Bring back the DEATH PENALTY then we might get back to the country we used to know prior to the last hanging when you could walk the streets without fear[/p][/quote]How many people have been hung for murder in this country? If the death penalty really worked the answer would be 'one'. kkj
  • Score: 0

3:15pm Sat 2 May 09

boblat says...

18 years! Is that all? He should have got 80 years. Nasty piece of flotsam....Go ROT!
18 years! Is that all? He should have got 80 years. Nasty piece of flotsam....Go ROT! boblat
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3:22pm Sat 2 May 09

boblat says...

"To serve and protect". That's the police slogan, innit?
Seems like they could'nt be bothered to get off their ****. "Attatch no blame" after another 2 year enquiry????
"To serve and protect". That's the police slogan, innit? Seems like they could'nt be bothered to get off their ****. "Attatch no blame" after another 2 year enquiry???? boblat
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