A NEIGHBOUR of Glynis Solmaz, who was found dead in a bedroom following a burglary, told a murder trial yesterday how she heard banging coming from her house, and a woman screaming.
The prosecution allege the pensioner was murdered in her own home by burglars who wanted to prevent her identifying them.
Mrs Solmaz, 65, who had two dogs in the kitchen, was choked in her own bedroom at Bryn Hafod on the Caia Park Estate in Wrexham, one night in February.Alexandros Wetherill, 24, of Plas Gwyn, Wrexham and Christopher Curran, 34, of Broom Avenue in Brymbo, have both denied murdering Mrs Solmaz. Wetherill has admitted manslaughter.
They and two others – Mrs Solmaz’s former son-in-law Christopher Natt, 52, of North Road, Ponciau, and David Lovell, 29, of Bloom Avenue, Brymbo – have all pleaded guilty to conspiring to burgle her home.
It is alleged that Wetherill restrained her during the burglary after failing to remove a safe from a wall in the spare bedroom.
The prosecution say that Curran – who is charged on a joint enterprise basis – arrived to remove the safe and did nothing to help her, or alert the authorities, after it is claimed he saw her being restrained on the floor.
That was on Monday evening, February 18, and her body was found on the morning of Wednesday, February 20, after family became concerned that they could not contact her.
Katy Hughes, who lived next but one to Mrs Solmaz, told how she and her partner were in bed watching tv on the Monday night when she initially heard banging and muffled voices.
She assumed someone was having a domestic and heard a lady scream.
There was then louder hammering noises. “It was that loud it was as if it was coming through the wall,” she explained. “It was really thudding, really loud.”
It then went silent.
She did not know anything was wrong until the Wednesday morning when a police officer came to her door.
PC Luke Evans was the first officer at the scene and said he was told there had been a robbery and that “she is dead upstairs.”
He went to a rear bedroom and saw a hole in the wall and a chest of drawers with drawers open.
“I then discovered the deceased,” he said.
PC Evans said he alerted the control room and waited the arrival of the ambulance and other officers.
Dewi Tudur Lloyd, a paramedic, said in a statement read by prosecuting barrister Simon Medland QC that he saw what he initially thought was a bundle of clothes alongside the bed but then saw a person’s face.
“I became aware that the bundle of clothing was a body,” he said.
He touched her forehead, it was cold, there was no response and no respiratory effort.
She was pronounced dead at 10.18am.
The jury heard evidence of telephone dates showing calls and texts between the defendants.
The prosecution say there were a number of calls between them – but nothing for an hour from 10.20pm on the day of the alleged attack when the prosecution say Wetherill was in Mrs Solmaz’s house.
At 11.20pm there was a text from Curran to Wetherill and one sent back four minutes later – and the prosecution say Curran then went to the house to remove the safe.
The trial at Mold Crown Court, before Mr Justice John Griffith-Williams, is proceeding and is expected to last two weeks.