Sergei Zolotovsky jailed for murders of ex-wife and mother-in-lawReported by Metro.co.uk on Friday, 15 June 2012 (on June 15, 2012)
*Sergei Zolotovsky has been sentenced to life imprisonment for the brutal murders of his ex-wife Svetlana Zolotovska and her mother Antonina Belska.*
The 44-year-old Russian-born welder made legal history when he was allowed to appear at the Old Bailey in a hospital bed, after being left paralysed from the waist down following a suicide attempt while on remand in prison.
Sergei Zolotovsky tried to kill himself twice after the murders (MPS)
He denied murder but, at the trial in March, the jury took less than an hour to convict him of stabbing both women to death.
Passing sentence today, Judge Stephen Kramer QC said: 'The attack on your ex-wife was pitiless. I'm satisfied that you were prepared to use extreme violence to get your revenge.'
He told Zolotovsky he would spend a minimum of 30 years behind bars.
The court had heard he was angry about the terms of his divorce settlement and waited for Ms Zolotovska, 40, as she walked to work in Beckton Park, east London on August 12th 2010.
He stabbed her in the chest and abdomen, before slitting her throat and heading to their former marital home in Newham, which he had been ordered to sign over to his ex-wife.
Once there he stabbed Ms Belska, 70, to death and then set fire to the property, before cutting his wrists and throat.
Firefighters managed to put the blaze out and rescue Zolotovsky, who spent a week in hospital before being charged.
In a victim impact statement, Cheslav Belsky, the daughter and brother of the victims, said the family had 'suffered indescribable grief' following the 'cruellest murder' of their loved ones.
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