Hunt for grandmum Ade's dawn killers
PUBLISHED: 20:08 29 February 2008 | UPDATED: 13:04 05 October 2010
DETECTIVES are searching for the killer or killers of a grandmother on her way home from he job as a cleaner in a large Canary Wharf bank. Widow Ade Pukeliene, 57, had finished on her nightshifgt and caught the DLR home at dawn on Thursday, but never arrived.
By Mike Brooke
DETECTIVES are searching for the killer or killers of a grandmother on her way home from he job as a cleaner in a large Canary Wharf bank.
Widow Ade Pukeliene, 57, had finished on her nightshift and caught the DLR home to Beckton at dawn on Thursday (Feb 28). But she never arrived.
She was found in the street with head injurires just a few yards from the house in the quiet cul-de-sac where she lived.
Police were called to Emerald-close at 5am where they discovered her collapsed on the pavement.
She was taken to the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel where doctors battled to save her life, but later died.
Ade had been in Britain two years, originally from Lithuania, and had a daughter aged 35 and a grandchild.
Detectives believe she had been walking home after working her nightshift as a cleaner at a bank in the Canary Wharf complex.
She left the Royal Albert DLR station, heading towards Emerald-close.
Detectives are appealing for anyone who may have been in the area and saw or heard anything suspicious to contact them.
An incident room has been opened at Barking under Det Chief Ins Carl Mehta.
He said: "We are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen Ade. There would have been many people from that area on their way to work between 6am and 7am.
"We have sightings of two men on a scooter or motorcycle in the area from around 20 minutes before 7."
Police want to speak to anyone who may have seen two men riding away from Emerald-close towards Jasper-road and onto Stansfeld-road in Beckton.
The bike was described as a small, silver or light grey gearless 'twist and go' type vehicle, possibly with no index plates.
Police are appealing for witnesses to contact the incident room on 020-8345 3734, or remain anonymous on Crimestoppers 0800-555111.