Bed-bound man convicted of murders


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The Independent Online

A man who made legal history by appearing in court in a hospital bed was today found guilty of a double murder.

Jurors at the Old Bailey took just over half an hour to convict Sergei Zolotovsky, 44, of killing his ex-wife and mother-in-law.

He attacked his former partner Svetlana Zolotovska, 40, as she walked to work in Beckton Park, east London, in August 2010, stabbing her then cutting her throat.

Zolotovsky then went to their former marital home in Newham, east London, and stabbed Antonina Belska, 70, before trying to set fire to the house and cutting his wrists.

The Russian-born welder showed no emotion as the verdicts were given, lying propped up in the bed with his arms folded.

Zolotovsky suffered paralysis after two suicide attempts and was allowed to appear in court in the bed.

He will be sentenced on April 27.