Case: Woman found dead in Greenwich: Gita Suri
Gita Suri
Case unsolved
Status: Solved
Categories: Uncategorised
Case synopsis:

Gita Suri, 56, was found stabbed to death at her home in Greenwich on 23 June 2018.

Police were called to the property in Tunnel Avenue after a witness reported seeing a body in the back garden at 11.32am.

Officers arrived to find Gita had been stabbed multiple times and partially hidden under a duvet.

She was pronounced dead at the scene and a post-mortem examination gave cause of death as stab wounds to the back.

Her housemate Gary Davis, 50 (18.9.67), of Tunnel Avenue, Greenwich, was arrested at the scene. He was charged with murder on 24 June 2018.

He went on trial at the Old Bailey on 10 December 2018 and was convicted of murder on 17 December 2018.

Davis was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 17 years before parole.

The court heard Gita and Davis were the only occupants of the property, which house adults with mental health issues.

Davis told officers at the scene that he had not seen Gita for a couple of days but admitted that they had frequently argued.

During interview he admitted killing her on 21 June because he was sick of her repeatedly leaving the front door of the house open.

He said he confronted her about the issue in the kitchen and punched her to the floor when she started screaming she was going to call the police.

Davis then picked up a kitchen knife from the table and stabbed her repeatedly.

He said he tried to set fire to her body before dragging her outside  and covering her with a duvet and some logs.

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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