A man has appeared in court charged with the manslaughter of an elderly woman who was found dead in Stamford Hill early last year, having been bound with duct tape after a robbery.
Kuba Dlugosz, 32, a Polish national of no fixed abode, appeared at Havering Magistrates Court last Wednesday, charged with the death of Eveline Kelmenson. He also faces charges of burglary.
The body of Miss Kelmenson, 83, was discovered at her home in Leweston Place on New Year’s Day 2009. Her legs had been bound with tape, and she was later found to have died of hypothermia.
A strictly Orthodox Jewish woman who never married and had lived alone since the death of her sister in 2007, Miss Kelmenson was robbed of a gold necklace and ring – the latter a family heirloom.
Police forced their way into the three-storey house on 1 January after a niece raised concern.
At the time, neighbours recalled that Miss Kelmenson, who was also known to family and friends as Lina, had complained that she had previously been the target of thieves, but said they had not acted on her comments.
“She was a really nice old lady and we are very shocked about it,” one added.
Dlugosz is due to reappear in court in November.