ONE of the burglars at the home of Wrexham woman Glynis Solmaz has been cleared of murder and her manslaughter.
Christopher Curran, who had pleaded not guilty, has admitted conspiring with three others to burgle her home in the hope of getting £40,000 in cash.
The jury of eight women and four men at Mold Crown Court had been out considering their verdicts for more than nine hours on Tuesday and yesterday.
They returned yesterday afternoon and found Curran – who had not touched her but who was charged on the basis of joint enterprise – not guilty.
Mr Justice John Griffith-Williams then sent the jury home to return this morning to resume their consideration in the case of co-defendant Alexandros Wetherill.
Wetherill admits that he inflicted the fatal neck injuries which led to her death and has pleaded guilty to manslaughter. But he denies a murder charge.
When the jury return their verdict, Wetherill, 24, of Plas Gwyn in Wrexham, will be sentenced for either murder or manslaughter, and the burglary conspiracy.
Curran, 34, of Broom Avenue, Brymbo, Mrs Solmaz’ former son-in-law Christopher Natt, 52, of North Road, Ponciau, and David Lovell, 29, of Bloom Avenue, Brymbo will also be sentenced for conspiring to burgle her home, which they have admitted.
That is due to take place today.
It is alleged Natt told them there was £40,000 in the safe and Curran recruited Wetherill to commit the burglary after asking two others to do it first.
But Wetherill, in restraining Mrs Solmaz, has accepted he caused her death but that he did not intend to.
Curran said he had no idea he would confront Mrs Solmaz and said it was their intention that the burglary be committed when she was not at home.
The safe contained £10,000, they say, and Mrs Solmaz’s body was found slumped in the bedroom two days later. She had been choked to death.
Mrs Solmaz was a slightly-built 65-year-old lady who lived alone at Bryn Hafod in Caia Park, Wrexham.
On the morning of Wednesday, February 20 her body was found on the floor in a confined space between the bed and the window in the spare bedroom.
It was the opinion of the pathologist that the cause of her death was forceful compression of the neck leading to asphyxiation.