A ‘Scarface’ serial killer who went on a two-year killing spree across Europe has been jailed for 20 years.
Mane Driza, 41, known as Tony Montana after Al Pacino’s movie crime kingpin, beat and stabbed fellow Albanian Stefan Bledar Mone, 23, in June 1999.
Judge Sarah Munro QC sentenced Driza to life with a minimum term of 20 years. She said: ‘This is a very unusual, if not unique case.’
He used a pick axe handle, lock knife and cheese knife to inflict more than 120 wounds on Mr Mone in a ‘brutal and merciless’ attack at the victim’s flat in Wembley, north London.
Mr Mone’s six-month pregnant girlfriend Zoe Blay found his body the following day, but could only identify him by his distinctive belt.
Jurors were told how stonemason Driza had become furious that his flatmate Mr Mone had taken his wedding ring and given it to his partner.
He had moved in with him after his brief marriage to Brazilian cleaner Rosie Driza broke down, the court heard.
Jurors heard how Driza’s attack on Mr Mone came two years after he shot a father and son dead in his home village and fled to Britain under the assumed name Sokol Drenova.
After killing his third victim – Mr Mone – he took a flight to Italy, where he shot and killed two men at a bar in Catania, Sicily, six months later.
He tried to kill a third man in the bar but his gun jammed, jurors heard.
While in prison in Sicily in 2000, he was interviewed by Scotland Yard about the killing in Britain.
He claimed Mr Mone had been in prison with one of his victims in Albania and had been paid to avenge his death.
Referring to the Albanian shootings, Mr Mone’s last words to him were: ‘You have killed so many – two – that’s enough now,’ the court was told.
In 2001, in Albania, Driza was convicted in his absence of two charges of ‘premeditated murder in complicity of citizens’ along with his father.
In June 2002, he was convicted in Sicily of conspiracy to murder Maskaj Artan and Blushaj Albert, and the attempted murder of Maskaj Lefter.