Sabrina Lekaj murder: Mother breaks silence over Adelaide killing

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The wife of a father who killed the couple's daughter in the street just metres from their home has claimed her husband's actions came 'completely out of the blue'.

Sabrina Lekaj, 20, was stabbed to death by her father Petrit, 49, in the front seat of her Mercedes-Benz sedan in Kidman Park, Adelaide, on July 21.

Mr Lekaj pleaded guilty to his daughter's murder on Monday, less than a month on from the attack that shocked Australia.

Sabrina's mother Romina broke her silence in the wake of her husband's guilty plea to claim he was not an 'evil person'.

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Medical student Sabrina Lekaj (right) was murdered by her father Petrit (left) on the street near their Adelaide home last month

Medical student Sabrina Lekaj (right) was murdered by her father Petrit (left) on the street near their Adelaide home last month

Ms Lekaj's mother Romina (right) broke her silence following her husband's guilty plea, saying he was not an 'evil person' and had 'never shown any violence' before in his life

Ms Lekaj's mother Romina (right) broke her silence following her husband's guilty plea, saying he was not an 'evil person' and had 'never shown any violence' before in his life 

'He never showed any violence toward any family member or anyone that I know,' Mrs Lekaj told the ABC.

Mrs Lekaj said she remained confused by exactly what had happened in the lead up to her daughter's death. 

Less than a fortnight after farewelling her daughter at an emotional funeral service, the mother-of-two said the pain was still 'very raw'. 

'It's a lot easier if one is the evil person and one is the victim and you know who to cry for, but you don't actually know the story and you feel for both of them,' she said.

'I feel of course, my daughter was my daughter, it's very raw and the pain is like it will never go away.'

Mr Lekaj faced the Port Adelaide Magistrates Court on Monday and pleaded guilty to the murder charge.

Police allege that at 11.30pm on Sunday, July 21, the father and daughter were sitting in Ms Lekaj's white Mercedes-Benz sedan on the street outside their family home.

An argument ensued and the young woman was stabbed to death by her father.

Ms Lekaj's body was found inside her white Mercedes-Benz (pictured) sedan just outside their home on Kidman Avenue, in Adelaide's western suburbs, about 11.30pm on Sunday, July 21

Ms Lekaj's body was found inside her white Mercedes-Benz (pictured) sedan just outside their home on Kidman Avenue, in Adelaide's western suburbs, about 11.30pm on Sunday, July 21

Ms Lekaj, 20, had complained to friends about the strictness of her parents - including that her father had banned her from having a boyfriend and forced her to go to university

Ms Lekaj, 20, had complained to friends about the strictness of her parents - including that her father had banned her from having a boyfriend and forced her to go to university

He then turned the knife on himself, stabbing himself multiple times in the stomach and causing himself serious abdominal injuries.

As recently as hours before her death Sabrina had complained to friends about the 'controlling' ways of her father, including that he forbid her to have a boyfriend. 

'She said that he would often argue with her over little things, that he would try and control her life,' Ms Lekaj's close friend Katie Valstar told Daily Mail Australia.

'Her dad would ask her all the time if she had a boyfriend and it really left her feeling like she couldn't do anything without running it past them. 

'It was very stressful for her having them on her back about everything, she told me she wanted to move out of home.

'She had been over to my place a few times, but I had never been to hers because her parents didn't even want her to have friends over. 

Mr Lekaj (left) pleaded guilty in the Port Adelaide Magistrates Court to murdering his daughter on Monday. Mr Lekaj, his wife Romina and their young son are pictured with Sabrina at her 18th birthday

Mr Lekaj (left) pleaded guilty in the Port Adelaide Magistrates Court to murdering his daughter on Monday. Mr Lekaj, his wife Romina and their young son are pictured with Sabrina at her 18th birthday

After graduating from Nazareth Catholic College with a score of 99.35, Ms Lekaj was accepted into the University of South Australia where she was studying classical piano performance and medical imaging

After graduating from Nazareth Catholic College with a score of 99.35, Ms Lekaj was accepted into the University of South Australia where she was studying classical piano performance and medical imaging

'Often when we were on the phone she would suddenly hang up because she didn't want to get caught and get in trouble for not studying.'

In texts sent to her friends in the months before her death, Ms Lekaj complained that she had been called a 'b**ch' by her parents and pressured into going to university.

She spoke openly about having 'a lot of beef' with her parents and not wanting to live under their roof any longer.

Sabrina: 'I just cried...'

Friend: 'In laughter?'

Sabrina: 'Nah I was genuinely upset... because my mum always calls me a b***h so it hit a sensitive spot'

Friend: 'Aww well

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