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Elderly woman 'killed by cleaner'
Thea Zaudy
Mrs Zaudy had lived alone since the death of her husband in the 1960s
A 94-year-old widow was killed by her Polish cleaner and her body stuffed into a suitcase, a court has heard.

Jolanta Kalinowsica, 41, of Ealing, west London, denies killing Thea Zaudy, a German refugee of Notting Hill, west London, in July 2007.

Mrs Zaudy's remains were found next to a field in Milton Common, Oxfordshire.

Her son Adrian Ryszard Lis, 23, his girlfriend Monilca Sienkiewicz, 19, of Ealing and Lukasz Gajda, 25, of Ealing, deny helping dispose of the body.

'Heavy' suitcase

A jury heard how CCTV footage of Ms Kalinowsica, of Cavendish Avenue, Miss Sienkiewicz and Mr Lis showed them at Notting Hill Gate Tube station the day after the alleged murder.

They were seen carrying a large fabric suitcase which CCTV footage showed was empty.

When they returned to the station some 40 minutes later, Mr Lis was seen carrying the case up some stairs. The prosecution allege this shows the suitcase was heavy and full.

The trio then boarded a train to Ealing Broadway whey they were met by Mr Gajda in his silver BMW.

He drove Kalinowsica and Lis to junction seven of the M40, where, the prosecution claim, they disposed of Mrs Zaudy's body.

Police found Mrs Zaudy's charred remains in July next to a suitcase thought to have been used to transport the body at Milton Common, near Thame in Oxfordshire.

She had arrived in Britain in 1939 after fleeing from Nazi Germany.

Cash in flat

She had run a carpet shop for many years with her husband. After his death she worked in a department store and was described as "if not fabulously wealthy, certainly comfortably well-off".

She lived alone, had no close family and a small circle of friends, the court heard.

Prosecuting, Nicholas Dean said: "If someone is described as a little old woman that can sometimes seem patronising but that is literally what Thea Zaudy was.

"She was 94-years-old, she was a small woman, only about 4ft 11in tall and she weighed 34kg.

"Though old and small of stature please don't think she was feeble either in body or in spirit."

She was described as "a little old-fashioned", preferring not to use her debit card or ATMS.

As a results, large amounts of cash were often kept in her flat.

The trial continues.

SEE ALSO
Fourth charged in woman's murder
26 Jul 07 |  Hampshire
Three charged over body in field
20 Jul 07 |  Oxfordshire

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