Police officer to get top award for his role in bringing Wisbech killer to justice
A POLICE officer is set to be honoured for his role in bringing a Wisbech murderer to justice.
Intelligence analyst Dave Stacey will be commended at the annual Chief Constable’s awards ceremony on Monday for his “professional skill, tenacity and investigative ability” during the inquiry into the murder of Jolanta Dumciuviene in May 2010.
In February, Tomas Acas, 26, was found guilty of stamping the 38-year-old to death at a property in Milner Road, Wisbech.
He was sentenced to life and told he would serve a minimum of 16 years in prison. His girlfriend, Airina Matulaityte, 24, was jailed for two years after admitting perverting the course of justice by giving him a false alibi.
After sentencing Acas, Judge Anthony Bate commended the police investigation team for solving what he called “a complicated whodunnit”.
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Detectives investigating the killing had arrested and charged a man with murder but intelligence analyst Stacey was asked to study information collated on other individuals who lived at the shared accomodation in Milner Road.
As a result of his work, Acas became a suspect and after further investigation he was charged with murder.
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A trial at Cambridge Crown Court heard that Acas had worked with Miss Dumciuviene at the Del Monte canning factory in Wisbech.
The court heard that Acas stamped her to death in her bedroom before returning to the scene to try and hide her body under the bed. Her body was found three days later.
Other police officers who will be honoured at Monday’s awards include firearms officer Pc Lee Draper, who risked his life by dragging three women from a burning car, and PCSOs Luke Kennedy and Robert Goodman, who run a youth football scheme in Peterborough.
Sgt Andrea Gilbert, Pc Tim Gawler, Pc Mark Deal, Sgt Craig Baker and Pc Amy Griffin will also be rewarded for going beyond the call of duty at the ceremony held at Cambridgeshire police’s HQ in Huntingdon.