New plea to catch Una Crown’s killer

Home of murder victim Una Crown on Magazine Lane, Wisbech
Home of murder victim Una Crown on Magazine Lane, Wisbech

Police have launched a new appeal for help in catching the killer of murdered Wisbech pensioner Una Crown to mark the three months anniversary of the vicious crime.

Yesterday (Tuesday) officers manned a mobile police station in Magazine Lane and letters were sent out to all the homes in the area appealing for any information to help find those responsible for stabbing the 86-year-old in her bungalow home in January and setting her body on fire.

Meanwhile a 29-year-old Wisbech man appeared at King’s Lynn Magistrates Court on Monday and pleaded guilty to breaking into the murdered woman’s home on Thursday (April 4).

Dainius Stelmockas, of De Havilland Road, admitted burglary at the property and stealing a television set amongst other items, he was sent to crown court for sentencing and was remanded in custody. And a 32-year-old woman has been bailed until April 15 in connection with the burglary.

Officers knocked on doors in Magazine Lane to speak to local residents and asking them to think back to the weekend when Mrs Crown’s body was discovered.

The mobile police station was set up and posters advertising the £10,000 Crimestoppers reward for information have also been put up in the area.

A letter from Detective Inspector David Grierson will also be posted to every household in the area.

DI Grierson said: “This weekend will be the three month anniversary of Mrs Crown’s death and we want to remind people that we are still working hard to catch the person responsible.

“We believe the key to solving her murder lies within the community and would urge anyone with any information to speak to an officer or visit the mobile police station.

“Any information, no matter how small or trivial it may seem, may prove vital in bringing the person responsible for Mrs Crown’s death to justice.”

Mrs Crown had last been seen alive on Friday, January 11, when she went shopping with her family. She then spoke to a friend by telephone at 5pm on the Saturday.

Her body was discovered at 10.45am the following day (January 13). She had been stabbed then set on fire in an apparent effort to disguise her injuries and destroy evidence.

A £10,000 reward is being offered by independent charity Crimestoppers for information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the killer.

Anyone with any information should call the Major Crime Unit on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800-555111.

Officers hope yesterday’s new appeal will spark someone coming forward with a vital clue to help solve the crime, which shocked the community.

Mrs Crown, a widow, who formerly ran the Post Office with her late husband in Elm, was found dead at her home by a relative on Sunday January 12.

At her funeral in February the Rev Ryk Parkinson of Wisbech St Mary Church described her death as “a life ended by one barbaric act”.

The latest appeal has been launched by Operation Posca, which is the name given to the investigation into Mrs Crown’s murder.

In his letter DI Grierson wrote: “I am writing to all residents of the area local to Koninginneweg, Magazine Lane, Wisbech where 86-year-old Una Crown was murdered on the January 12.

“The circumstances surrounding the murder lead the investigation team to believe that Una opened her door to a caller. Shortly afterwards she was brutally attacked within her own home. The motive for the attack and identity of the caller are likely to lie within the local community.

“As a resident within the area, please cast your mind back to that winter evening and let the investigation team know if you have any information that could help. Did you witness any suspicious activity, was somebody in the area behaving out of character or did you see anybody with blood stained or fire damaged clothing.

“If you have any information, however trivial you feel it may be, please contact the Operation Posca Incident Room via 101 phone number, leave a message via the Cambs police website www.cambs.police.uk or Crime Stoppers, anonymously on 0800-555111.”