£10,000 reward offered to catch killer who set frail widow’s body on fire

April 9, 2013 | by | 0 Comments
Una Crown was stabbed then set alight in her bungalow in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire

Una Crown was stabbed then set alight in her bungalow in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire

A £10,000 reward is being offered to catch the killer who stabbed a frail widow and then set her body on fire.

Una Crown, 86, was last seen alive on Friday, January 11, when she went shopping with her family.

Two days later police were called to her home in Wisbech, Cambs., by a horrified family member who found her charred body.

Detectives believe the killer raided her home and stabbed her when she confronted them before setting her body alight in a bid to destroy any evidence.

A local man has been remanded in custody charged with raiding the pensioner’s home after the murder.

Magistrates at Kings Lynn heard that Dainius Stelmokas, 29, a factory worker and drug addict, had not realised the property was a crime scene.

The court was told that he thought vinyl sheets covering the house had been erected because the home had already been burgled.

Stelmokas, of Wisbech, was arrested when police returned to the house and found a flat-screen TV, music centre and portable TV missing.

No charges have been brought against anyone in relation to Mrs. Crown’s death and the reward is now being offered on the three-month anniversary of the crime.

Detective Inspector David 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.

Una's home where she was murdered earlier this year

Una’s home where she was murdered earlier this year

“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.”

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

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