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Woman jailed following aggravated burglary

News   •   Sep 27, 2019 16:25 BST

[Jailed: Gurgana Gueorguieva]

A woman has been jailed after pleading guilty to an aggravated burglary in Kensington.

Gurgana Gueorguieva, 48 (16.02.71) of Russell Road, Holland Park appeared at Southwark Crown Court on Friday, 27 September where she was sentenced to nine-and-a-half years in jail.

The court heard that at around 22:00hrs on 9 October 2015, Mrs Winner - who was aged 77 at the time - opened the door to her flat to put out some rubbish. As she did so, she was attacked by a woman who forced her back into her home, blindfolded her and bound her hands and feet.

The woman then stole a number of items including a diamond pendant, cash and a painting.

Mrs Winner was left on the floor with head injuries, a broken finger and a broken rib which required hospital treatment. 

Gueorguieva was arrested in June 2019 after a search of her home found the items belonging to the victim as well as items of clothing she was known to have worn during the attack.

She was charged on Friday, 7 June and remanded in custody. 

Detective Constable Peta Lundgren, who led the investigation, said: “This was a brutal attack on an elderly woman in her own home, the place where she should have been safest.

“Gueorguieva appears to have carefully planned this burglary and we are pleased she is now behind bars and unable to subject anyone else to this kind of horrific assault.

“We would like to pay tribute to Mrs Winner for the way she has conducted herself throughout the investigation and for providing vital evidence which would no doubt have been a painful reminder of that night.”