Man jailed for Greenwich murder

A 51 year old has been jailed today after a 56-year-old woman, Gita Surim was killed in June 2018.

Gary Davis lived with the victim at Tunnel Avenue in east Greenwich. The house was home to those with mental health issues.

Tunnel Avenue

The victims body was spotted in the garden and police alerted.

Davis claimed he killed her due to frustration at the front door being left open on occasion. After arguing he punched then stabbed the victim.

He then tried to set light to her body before dragging her outside.

Mental health care

This case raises obvious questions over just why a man capable of this crime was released and living in the community.

The press releases out today after conviction do not touch upon this crucial issue.

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Cranwell of the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: “Davis carried out a horrendous attack on Gita which led to her death and then callously attempted to cover up what he had done.

“Her family have to live with the consequences of one man’s actions for the rest of their lives and we hope this result gives them some measure of comfort.”

Gita’s daughter and son-in-law said: “Gita was a lovely, caring lady, who will be missed dearly by all those who knew her.

“We accept this verdict, and would like to take this opportunity to thank the Metropolitan Police for all their hard work during the investigation and the continued support they have provided our family throughout this difficult time.

“While it is difficult for us to imagine life without Gita, we are thankful for the years we did have with her and are hopeful that lessons can be learnt from this incident so that no more families have to go through the loss we have.”


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