Police: £20k for Jewish pensioner murder leads

By Robyn Rosen, December 29, 2009

A £20,000 reward is being offered for information on the murder of a Jewish pensioner in Stamford Hill a year ago.

Eveline “Lina” Kelmenson, 83, was discovered by police with her legs bound by duct tape in the top-floor bedroom of her three-storey house in Leweston Place on January 1, 2009, after her niece raised the alarm.

Police have reissued an appeal for information and have released further details about items stolen from the house. These include a gold chain that Miss Kelmenson wore around her neck and a Russian gold wedding band which belonged to her grandmother.

Detective Chief Inspector Stewart Hill said: “We are still very keen to identify any new witnesses or information which may progress our investigation further and hope the offer of this substantial reward will help.

“In particular, we would like to hear from anyone who has information on Lina’s last movements. Did she have any concerns she may have confided to friends? We also need to trace anyone who was a regular visitor to Lina’s home before her death.”

Miss Kelmenson never married and lived with family members for over 30 years. She had been on her own since 2007.

In that year, she was targeted by fraudsters posing as gardeners who charged her more than £1,000 and then failed to do any work. In the weeks before her death, she had told neighbours she was being pursued for money.

One neighbour recalled Miss Kelmenson as “a very nice person who didn’t do harm to anybody.” It was “very traumatic” to think about her death and even worse that those responsible had not been apprehended.

Last updated: 1:17pm, December 31 2009