Man jailed for raiding murdered woman’s home

A burglar who broke into murdered pensioner Una Crown’s Wisbech home has been jailed.

Dainius Stelmokas (29), of De Havilland Road, Wisbech, forced his way into the 86-year-old’s bungalow in Magazine Lane on April 4. Once inside he stole a television, stereo and portable DVD player.

A neighbour called police after spotting a plywood sheet which had been used to board up the back door of the property had been removed.

Crime scene investigators discovered a fingerprint and Stelmokas was arrested on April 6. He pleaded guilty to burglary and was jailed for 10 months at Cambridge Crown Court on Monday (June 24).

All of the stolen property has been recovered.

Detective Constable Becky Mainwood said: “The property had been due to be released back to Mrs Crown’s family a few days after the burglary actually took place.

“While it was not an active crime scene, the property was clearly boarded up for a reason and that would have been quite obvious.

“However, Stelmokas chose to ignore that and decided to burgle the home in order to cash in on any valuables still in the house.

“Whether he knew the owner had been murdered is unclear, however his actions have caused the family further pain at a time when they were already grieving.”

Mrs Crown’s body was discovered in the bungalow on January 13. She had been stabbed and then set on fire in an apparent effort to disguise her injuries and destroy evidence. She had not been seen alive since Friday, January 11, but had spoken to a friend by telephone at about 5pm on the Saturday.

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.