Co-accused in Stamford Hill death to face retrial

A pub cleaner accused of leaving a Stamford Hill pensioner to die after allegedly binding and gagging her is to be retried after a jury could not reach a verdict.

Eveline Kelmenson, 83, died a "slow death" of hypothermia and lay undiscovered for five weeks before she was found by relatives on New Year's Day 2009, her decomposed body still bound to a chair in her bedroom.

Kuba Dlugosz, a 33-year-old Polish decorator, was convicted of her manslaughter after his DNA was found on chisels left by the basement door.

But the Old Bailey jury could not reach a
verdict on the second defendant, 26-year-old Szymon Wyrostek.

Through an interpreter, Mr Wyrostek said he had never been to Miss Kelmenson's house or heard of the street but was accused, during his cross-examination, of "lying to the jury".

Mr Wyrostek, who denies manslaughter, robbery and burglary, will be retried on December 12.

Last updated: 12:19pm, July 7 2011