The Home Secretary has been asked to explain how a man on the run from a Polish prison got into the UK to murder a Bury St Edmunds man.
Bury MP David Ruffley has written to Home Secretary Theresa May demanding that the UK Border Agency explain how Pyotr Melaniuk got through a policed border after escaping from jail where he was being held on robbery charges.
Melaniuk went on to murder 66-year-old jeweller Peter Avis by stabbing him 13 times and hitting him in the face with a glass ashtray while burgling his shop in Abbeygate Street in January. He then escaped back to Poland, was extradited and is awaiting sentencing after admitting murder in August.
Aleksandra Karpiuk, 27, of Lake Avenue, Bury St Edmunds, was found guilty at Ipswich Crown Court on October 9 of assisting an offender, and of conspiracy to commit burglary. The court heard she had driven Malaniuk to Stansted Airport.
Pawel Borowiecki, 31 of Roslyn Road, London, was convicted at the same time of conspiracy to commit burglarly.
In his letter to the Home Secretary, Mr Ruffley saidThe UK Border Agency has so far refused to comment on whether he used a fake passport or was allowed through the border as normal.
“My constituents are rightly concerned about what safeguards are in place to stop criminals at our borders.
“To avoid any further heinous crimes committed by foreign criminals I would like to know what steps the UK Border Agency will take to ensure convicted criminals do not enter the UK.
“Can you look into the case of Mr Melaniuk and let me have your comments.”