In 1999 Roselane Driza and her lover Florian Ndoja (pictured) were very much in love. But Florian was murdered by people he thought were his friends. Roselane tells her story.
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By Chris Summers 24 August 2019
Roselane Driza has lived an extraordinary life.
She was born in Brazil but left the country in 1998 after one of her boyfriends was murdered in an attack on a police station.
She arrived in London, where she married a man who would later turn out to be a serial killer.
Her next boyfriend would also be murdered, and after being embroiled in a bizarre court case with two judges she eventually returned to Brazil.
Roselane, now 50, told Totalcrime: “I have no luck with lovers.”
The drama began in 1995 when a young and pretty Roselane was dating Paulo Jorge Souza, 47, an investigator who worked for the Brazilian police in the north of the country.
Jorge was killed when two gangsters carried out a machine gun attack on Para police station in Ananindeua, a town near the city of Belem.
Terrified by the random, often drug-fuelled violence in Brazil she decided to come to England to study.
In February 1998, Roselane came to London and the following year she met Mane Driza, a handsome, charming and mysterious Albanian, who had come to Britain claiming to be Sokol Drenova, a teenage refugee from the conflict in Kosovo.
She married him after a whirlwind romance but within days of the wedding he began acting strange, staying out all night with his friends and snubbing her.
Roselane split up with Mane and by December 1999 he had fled to Italy after murdering a man in London.
In January 2000 she began a relationship with Florian Ndoja (pictured, with her, left), who sometimes used the surname Delia.
But in November 2000 tragedy struck again.
Florian was stabbed to death at a house in Ilford, east London by several fellow Albanians who were supposed to be his friends.
Roselane said: “I was with Florian for nine months and we were very, very happy. He had asked me to marry him. And then he was killed.”
Two brothers – Pjerin Cefa and his brother Taulant – fled the country as detectives sought to piece together what had happened.
Eventually, in March 2002, Pjerin, then aged 28, pleaded guilty to murdering Florian at a court in the Albanian city of Shkoder but was assessed as not responsible for his actions and was sent to a psychiatric institution for treatment.
He is believed to have since been released.
His brother Taulant was never charged with the crime and is believed to be still living in Albania.
Roselane tried to mend her broken heart and moved on.
In 2005 she was still living in London but her student visa had run out and she was working as a cleaner.
One of her customers was Judge Ilyas Khan, a 60-year-old immigration judge, and the pair eventually became unlikely lovers.
“He wanted to marry me and adopt children,” recalls Roselane.
But then fate intervened.
The full circumstances cannot be revealed for legal reasons but suddenly Roselane was charged with the theft of a number of sex videos from Judge Khan and of blackmailing a female judge.
The case naturally hit the media in London and was a sensation, with lurid headlines in the press and coverage on national television news.
Journalists salivated over details like the emails sent by Judge Khan to his young lover, in which he referred to her as “chilli hot stuff”.
Roselane was convicted of blackmail and theft but later cleared on appeal.
But her immigration status had been revealed and she was later removed from the country and sent back to Brazil.
“I was removed, not deported,” she highlights, proud of the distinction.
Her name and face were largely forgotten in Britain, until earlier this year when her ex-husband, Mane Driza (pictured, left), was extradited back to London from Italy to face trial for the murder of Stefan Bledar Mone, another Albanian, in Sudbury, north-west London, in June 1999.
He killed Bledar Mone after a row over accusing him of stealing his wedding ring.
But at the trial Mane tried to claim Bledar Mone was friends with a man he had killed in Albania two years before and was trying to avenge that murder.
In total Mane Driza has killed five men, leading some papers to call him a serial killer.
Mane, who was nicknamed Tony Montana after Al Pacino’s character in Scarface, had killed two men in Albania before he even came to the UK in the 1990s and then, after killing Bledar Mone, he killed another pair of Albanians in a bar in Sicily in 2000.
After he was found guilty by a jury at the Old Bailey in London in April this year a judge sentenced the 41-year-old to life in prison with a minimum of 20 years but said he would be sent back to Italy to complete a term of imprisonment there, before being brought back to England in 2026 to serve out his sentence.
Detective Inspector Garry Moncrieff, of Scotland Yard, said: “Driza has proven himself to be an extremely violent individual who has no hesitation in dealing with any issue or problem he encounters in life by killing. He has freely admitted all the murders he has committed but never shown remorse.
Now back in Brazil, Roselane (pictured left) makes a living as an inventor and as a television producer although she claims one of her best documentary ideas was stolen by a Brazilian TV channel and she did not receive a penny for it.