The Independent London Newspaper
23rd March 2018

Tragedy of father who died of brain tumour before seeing daughter's killer brought to justice

    Yiannoulla Yianni

    Published: 18 July, 2016

    THE father of murdered schoolgirl Yiannaoulla Yianni died a "broken man" from a brain tumour that was a "direct result" of her death, according to his son. 

    George Yianni passed away in 1988, two years after his daughter was brutally raped and killed at their home in Belsize Road, Swiss Cottage. On Thursday, 34 years after Yiannoulla's death, James Warnock, a 56-year-old father-of-two who lived in Harrington Street, Regent's Park, was found guilty on both counts. 

    In a statement read at the Old Bailey, Yiannoulla's eldest brother, Ricky, said of his father's death: "I genuinely believe this was a direct result of his daughter's murder. My father was a broken man from that fateful day."

    He said that, by pleading not-guilty and fabricating a story about being in a consensual, sexual relation with 17-year-old Yiannoulla, Warnock had "rubbed salt in the wounds by defaming my sister's good name."

    He said: "I'm in no doubt that my sisters evil murderer will one day be passing through the gates of hell."

    The guilty verdict can only now be made public after reporting restriction were lifted this afternoon when Warnock pleaded guilty to six unrelated charges of distributing images and videos of child abuse online. 

    Police took a DNA sample when he was arrested at the end of last year, which was found to be a match with semen found at the scene of Yiannoulla's death. 

    Her sister Maria, who was 20 at the time, said: "I miss her and cry for we every single day. The day she died, I died too. I am lost without her. I will never find peace until I am no longer on this earth."

    Of the day she discovered the details of her sisters death, she said: "I knew I would never know what it was like to be truly happy again."

    In a statement released by police this afternoon, her family said they had lived with the "daily torture" of what happened to Yiannoulla. 

    They said: "All who knew her, loved and adored her. Even through her death she deeply touched those involved in the investigation of her murder. We thank, from the bottom of our hearts, the police both past and present who have worked constantly and tirelessly to bring him to justice, especially those over the last six months. Our love and thanks to all who gave evidence and helped in this trial and to the family and friends who have supported us throughout.

    "We now pray that we can move forward with the rest of our lives having some peace in knowing that her killer has been brought to justice and that a very dangerous man is no longer a threat to anyone else."


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