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Man who murdered his ex-wife and her mother jailed for 30 years
A man who murdered his ex-wife and her 70-year-old mother has been sentenced today to a minimum of 30 years in jail.
Sergei Zolotovsky, 44, of Gareth Drive in Edmonton Green, appeared at the Old Bailey today charged with the double murder in Newham on August 12 2010.
Zolotovsky repeatedly stabbed his 40-year-old ex-wife Svetlana Zolotovska in the neck, chest and abdomen.
Zolotovsky had been laying in wait for her to pass when she was on her way to work.
Officers found her body at approximately 7.30am on Stansfeld Road near the junction with Jasper Road.
However, the chilling crime did not end there as officers were next led to a burning house in Leamouth Road, East Ham.
They discovered the body of Mrs Zolotovska’s mother, Antonina Belska, who had come over from Latvia to visit her daughter.
Zolotovsky has stabbed the pensioner in her chest and her abdomen.
A family member, who wished to remain anonymous, said: "Our family has suffered indescribable grief as a result of the cruellest murder of the closest and most loved members of our family.
"We have suffered extreme emotional stress. We are still grieving and remembering the loss of our loved ones every day."
After the murders, Zolotovsky, who had numerous injuries, was found in the loft of the property with numerous injuries. He was taken to an east London hospital where his condition was stabilised and he was placed under arrest.
On August 19 2010 he was discharged and taken to an east London police station and following a trial at the Old Bailey, he was found guilty on March 23.
Acting detective chief inspector Andrew Kelly of the Homicide and Serious Crime Command said: "Zvetlana's family have been devastated by Zolotovsky's actions that night.
"They will never get over their loss but I hope that they can derive some comfort from seeing Zolotovsky being brought to account for his actions."