Shohfah-El Israel jailed for minimum 17 years for murder of Hatfield student Joy Morgan
PUBLISHED: 15:40 05 August 2019 | UPDATED: 17:27 05 August 2019
Shohfah-El Israel has been sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of 17 years for murdering University of Hertfordshire midwifery student Joy Morgan.
Israel, who is 40 and from North London, was found guilty in Reading Crown Court today after a jury deliberated for more than 11 hours.
Joy Morgan, 20, went missing in December and her body has not been found.
Passing sentence, judge Michael Soole said: "Only you know the circumstances of your terrible deed and why you did it.
"You are evidently an intelligent man and have said nothing beyond the lies and the explanations which the jury has rejected.
"The court has heard the most moving personal statement from Joy's mother Carol Morgan, which speaks of Joy's warm, loving and caring personality and character.
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"On top of all this must be the very particular and continuing distress and suffering which flows from your cruel and cowardly silence about Joy Morgan's final resting place.
"I am only too conscious that no sentence of the Court can palliate the loss and grief for Mrs Morgan and the wider family."
Israel, supporting himself with a walking stick, look at the floor as he was sentenced.
Some 158 days spent on remand in custody will be deducted from his jail term.
Det Insp Justine Jenkins, from the BCH Major Crime Unit, said: "I am glad that the jury have come to this decision. Joy's family have been through the most unimaginable turmoil and continue to do so and have missed poignant milestones such as her 21st birthday and her final year of university.
"I would like to commend their bravery in attending the trial and their determination to try and find Joy.
"While the trial has concluded, I would like to remind the public that Joy's body has not been found yet and anyone with information should still get in touch with us so that we can help give Joy's family some closure.
"If you have any information, no matter how small it might seem, please call us on 101."