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Man convicted of murdering two men in Ilford

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Man convicted of murdering two men in Ilford

A Met investigation has led to a man being found guilty of murdering two men who were stabbed to death in Ilford.

Vepkhvia Laliashvili, 53 (04.07.69) of Prince Regent Lane, E13, was found guilty at the Old Bailey on 18 July of murdering Dainius Kulboka and Jonas Semena. He will be sentenced at the same court on 21 July.

At around 04:20hrs on 10 January 2021, police were called after two men were found with stab wounds at a residential property in Tavistock Gardens, Goodmayes.

Officers attended along with the London Ambulance Service and found Dainius, aged 44, and Jonas, aged 45, had been seriously injured.

Despite the efforts of emergency services, both men died at the scene.

Detectives from the Met's Specialist Crime Command were informed and a murder investigation was launched.

Officers carried out house to house enquiries and recovered CCTV to help them build a picture of what had happened to the men.

CCTV recorded at a nearby shop on the afternoon of 9 January 2021 showed the two victims buying alcohol with Laliashvili. The group appeared to be in good spirits and returned to the property in Tavistock Gardens at around 17:30hrs.

A neighbour reported hearing men shouting at the address at around midnight on 10 January 2021. Doorbell footage recovered from a neighbouring property picked up the sound of a disturbance which lasted around 20 minutes. Laliashvili then left the property, leaving both men with serious injuries.

The alarm was raised when Dainius' girlfriend returned home at around 04:20hrs and found the men covered in blood. Emergency services attended, but the men were pronounced dead at the scene.

At around 03:30hrs on 12 January 2021, Laliashvili was arrested at a property in Essex Road, Islington, and taken into custody.

The same morning, following a review of CCTV and phone data, officers recovered his blood-stained clothes from a bin in Wigston Road in Plaistow. Blood from both victims was also found on the clothing.

As a result of the overwhelming evidence against him, Laliashvili was charged with two counts of murder on the same day of his arrest.

Detective Chief Inspector Kelly Allen, who led the investigation, said: "Dainius and Jonas were subjected to a frenzied attack by a man who they thought was their friend. My thoughts are with their families as they continue to deal with the pain of losing a loved one in such awful circumstances.

"My team of detectives carried out a complex and detailed investigation, which involved speaking to several witnesses and reviewing a large amount of CCTV footage and phone data. I am pleased that our work has resulted in a dangerous man being convicted and it is right that he will now spend a considerable time in prison."

A statement released from Jonas's family said: “Regardless of the tragedy that happened our family, we will always remember Jonas as the loving, caring and fun son, brother and uncle that he was”

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