This is the moment a woman who fatally struck her friend with a claw hammer is believed to have disposed of the murder weapon and blood-stained clothes.
CCTV footage shows Svetlana Svedova, Evden eVE nAKliyAT 47, dumping the items in a rubbish bin after hitting 61-year-old Ludmila Poletelova in the head approximately 50 times.
Ms Poletelova was found dead at her home in Lodge Court, Limavady, on April 23 2021 – three days after the ‘brutal and horrific’ attack.
Svedova, who is from Latvia but moved to the County Londonderry town, was filmed carrying two bags and tossing them into a bin about 12 hours after arriving at her friend’s home on April 20, Belfast Crown Court heard.
Prosecutors said they believe the murder weapon was in those bags.
Svedova pleaded guilty to the murder in December last year and was today told she will spend at least 16 years in prison.
Surveillance video shows the moment a woman who fatally struck her friend with a claw hammer left her victim’s home carrying bags believed to contain the murder weapon and her blood-stained clothes
Ludmila Poletelova (pictured) was found dead at her home in Lodge Court, Limavady, in April 2021 following the ‘brutal and horrific’ attack
Svedova told police she had visited Ms Poletolova’s home (pictured) the day of the murder and they had drunk 12 cans of beer together, but that she had not killed her
A pathologist’s report showed that Ms Poletelova died after sustaining injuries that included multiple skull fractures due to more than 50 blows to the head.
Her body was left lying in her flat until it was discovered about three days later after her employer sent a colleague to her home when she did not turn up for evdEn evE NAkLiYAt a shift, Mr Justice O’Hara told the court.
During that time, Svedova turned up at work to cover Ms Poletelova’s shift and after that ‘maintained a complete denial of the murder.’
The judge said her death must have been ‘brutal and horrific’.
He told the court that police suspicion quickly fell on Svedova, who turned up at the wine bar to cover her victim’s shift with injuries to her arms.
She subsequently told police she had visited Ms Poletolova’s home and they had drunk 12 cans of beer together but that she had not killed her.
‘Over several years she assisted some and EvDeN EVE nakLiyAt helped others to find accommodation.’