Alice Gross killer’s sexual motive

Published: Tuesday 27th January 2015 by The News Editor

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A Latvian builder would have been charged with the murder of schoolgirl Alice Gross had he still been alive today and his “most likely motive was sexual”, a senior police officer has said.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Chalmers from the Metropolitan Police said the evidence “points firmly” to Arnis Zalkalns being responsible for the 14-year-old’s abduction and death.

Speaking at Scotland Yard’s headquarters, he said: “We believe the most likely motive was sexual.”

Alice was last seen alive walking along a tow path on August 28. Police believe that she was murdered by convicted killer Zalkalns, who was caught on CCTV following her on his bike.

Despite the biggest police search since the aftermath of the July 7 bombings, it was more than a month before her body was found weighted down on the bed of the River Brent, near her home in Hanwell, west London.

Zalkalns, 41, who had previously served seven years for murdering his wife Rudite in Latvia, was found hanged in nearby Boston Manor Park on October 4, four weeks after he was reported missing.

The labourer, who worked at a building site in Isleworth, west London, is believed to have come to the UK in 2007, but authorities here are thought to have had no record of his murder conviction.

Mr Chalmers said a well preserved cigarette but was found metres from where Alice was found which contained DNA matching that of Zalkalns.

Her body was found tied in a foetal position, wrapped in bin bags, which had been weighed down with a bike wheel and six sections of a tree trunk in a pyramid formation, he said.

Published: Tuesday 27th January 2015 by The News Editor

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