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Wife of Ilford double-murderer ‘drove him from crime-scene’

Vepkhvia Laliashvili

The wife of a double murderer confessed through tears that she picked him up from the blood-splattered crime scene as the two victims laid suffering or dead. In 2021, Vepkhvia Laliashvili, 53, a former Georgian police officer, murdered Dainius Kulboka, 44, and Jonas Semenas, 45, in Ilford following a drunken Russian New Year’s celebration.

Laliashvili, who worked in the automobile industry, shared five bottles of cognac with the two victims before grabbing blades and stabbing Mr. Kulboka eight times and Mr. Semenas fifty-two times. One of the victims could be heard begging with the assailant to stop on a doorbell camera located across the street from the residence.

Before emergency services arrived, Laliashvili contacted his wife, Aurika Sivolova, to fetch him up from the Tavistock Gardens residence. The police discovered Mr. Kulboka’s grisly remains in the hallway and the second victim lying near the patio doors.

On the ground floor, there was blood on the walls, floors, and curtains. Sivolova was accused of lying to authorities searching for her missing spouse and disposing of his bloodstained clothing.

Unknown was the cause of the violence, but it was asserted that Laliashvili owed the victims approximately £30,000. Last year, the Old Bailey found Laliashvili guilty of double murder and sentenced him to life in prison with a minimum term of 35 years.

Mr. Justice Wall determined during sentencing that the assault was “premeditated” and “not the result of a spontaneous altercation.” Sivolova, 55, of Plaistow, east London, wept as she pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice between January 9 and 13, 2021, at the Old Bailey on Thursday, May 18.

Sivolova stated in her plea that she had been “terrified” of her spouse and was not accustomed to defying him. Her barrister, Nick Wrack, said: “She accepts that she drove her husband from the scene of the murder and subsequently disposed of the clothing that he had been wearing.

“When she collected her husband from the scene of the murder she did so because he had asked her to do so. He did not tell her what had happened. It was only when she arrived to collect her husband that she realised that there had been a serious incident.

“When she disposed of her husband’s bloodied clothing she did so at her husband’s request. She was frightened of her husband and was not in the habit of refusing requests from him.”

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Judge Mark Lucraft KC stated that there was a “strong likelihood” she would be imprisoned, but that he would welcome additional information from probation reports in view of the issues raised. Mr. Wrack stated that the defence team would “attempt to convince the judge that a suspended sentence is appropriate.”

The defendant’s conditional bail was extended and sentencing was postponed until July 7 at Southwark Crown Court.

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