Husband found guilty of east London killings

By Rob Virtue on March 23, 2012 4:07 PM |

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The estranged husband of a woman killed in Beckton in 2010 has been found guilty of her murder as well as that of her mother.

Sergei Zolotovsky, 44, of Gareth Drive in N9, was on trial at the Old Bailey for the double killing which took place at two scenes in east London.

Officers were called to Stansfeld Road in Beckton at 7.30am on August 12 2010 to find Svetlana Zolotovska, 40, had been stabbed to death in the street.

Inquiries then led them to an address on fire at nearby Leamouth Road in East Ham.

Inside police found Antonina Belska, 70, had also been stabbed to death.

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Firefighters extinguished the blaze and Zolotovsky was found in the loft area with numerous injuries.

It is believed he tried to commit suicide.

He was taken to hospital and after his condition was stabilised he was placed under arrest.

He was released from hospital a week later and taken to an east London police station where he was charged.

Russian-born welder Zolotovsky appeared at the Old Bailey on a hospital bed. The court was told he sustained further injuries from a second suicide attempt.

The jury heard the attacks took place two days after a financial settlement was made as part of the couple's divorce.

He was found guilty on Friday and will be sentenced at the Old Bailey on April 27.