Jul 18 2012 By Jack Griffith
A HOTEL employee who stabbed two young colleagues to death in a 'frenzied attack' before hiding in the room for two days while police examined the scene has been convicted of murder.
Attila Ban, 32, was today (Wednesday) found guilty of the murders of fellow Hungarian national Tibor Vass and Alice Adams, both 20, after a seven-day trial at the Old Bailey.
He will be sentenced on August 17.
The three of them had worked as receptionists at the Radisson Edwardian Hotel, which has since changed its name to Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel, in Bath Road, Hayes.
Both victims were discovered in the flat Ban and Mr Vass shared, in staff accommodation in New Road, Harlington, on August 10. Miss Adams lived in Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, and had only started working at the hotel weeks before.
During the trial, which started on July 9, the court heard that Mr Ban stabbed his co-workers after a party and positioned Mr Vass on a bed before climbing into its divan base, remaining there undetected for two days while forensic officers worked around him at the crime scene.
Police were called and officers forced entry into the flat after the three of them failed to show up for their shifts.
Police launched a manhunt for Ban after he posted a Facebook message, from his hiding place, which said: 'I'd like to wake up from that nightmare'.
When the coast was clear, Ban crawled out from the bed and tried to kill himself by slashing his wrists and electrocuting himself in the bath, before police returned to the scene and found him.
Ban, who was openly gay, was besotted with Mr Vass, and witnesses testified to Ban being possessive of his flatmate.
News that Vass was going to return to Hungary after being accepted on a university course was a tipping point, prosecutors said.
He had admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility, but denied murder.
Detective Inspector John Finch, of the Met's Homicide and Serious Crime Command [HSCC], said: "Attila Ban's profound obsession for Tibor Vass drove him to commit a disturbing and frenzied attack.
"Ban manipulated Mr Vass into believing that their friendship was genuine, however he exploited this closeness to kill him and his friend Miss Adams, who was simply caught up in events.
"The court has been presented with an overwhelming amount of evidence ensuring Ban's conviction today for his utterly evil actions.
"I would like to pay tribute to the friends and family of Mr Vass and Miss Adams, who have shown immense dignity, strength and courage throughout this investigation, and have been subjected to hearing the most dreadful things about how their loved ones died."