Man found guilty of Scunthorpe woman’s murder

North Lincolnshire

9 Oct 2018

Rojs Avaliani has today been convicted of the murder of his partner, 61-year-old Tamara Sinakova, following a seven-day trial at Hull Crown Court. 

Avaliani, 37, of Tamar Walk, Scunthorpe, entered a not guilty plea at the start of the trial on Monday, 1 October, however a jury returned a guilty verdict this afternoon (Tuesday, 9 October). He will be sentenced tomorrow (Wednesday, 10 October).

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Superintendent Mathew Hutchinson, said: “Our thoughts are with Tamara’s family and friends today who have lost a much-loved mother and friend in very difficult circumstances

“On the evening of Thursday, 4 January into the early hours of Friday, 5 January this year, Avaliani strangled Tamara in the flat they shared in Scunthorpe.

“Avaliani didn’t make any attempt to report the incident to police or to call emergency services, but instead attempted to cover his tracks by asking two men on the Friday afternoon for assistance to dispose of Tamara’s body. 

“We were alerted and tracked Avaliani to the address he shared with Tamara, where we sadly discovered her body. He was arrested at the scene and taken into custody, where he was swiftly charged with Tamara’s murder and remanded.

Det Supt Hutchinson continued: “Tackling domestic abuse, providing support to victims and bringing offenders to justice is an absolute priority for us, and I would like to take this opportunity to urge anyone who is being physically, or psychologically, abused by their partner or a loved one to please get in touch.

“The same applies if you have concerns about a friend or neighbour. We are here to help and support you and we would rather receive calls that turn out to be well-intentioned misunderstandings than for someone to have concerns but not call in case they’ve got it wrong.

“This case is incredibly tragic, made more so for Tamara’s family having to endure the harrowing ordeal of a trial, however I hope the verdict today will bring them some degree of comfort knowing he will be behind bars for a long time and that justice has been served.”