Search

Brother of Harold Hill murder victim Evaldas Svolkinas says killers must face justice

19:00 20 March 2013

Evaldas Svolkinas

Evaldas Svolkinas

Archant

The body of Evaldas Svolkinas was found in a stream on the Harold Hill / Noak Hill border in December.

The “twin” brother of a man murdered two weeks before Christmas has appealed to the community not to let his killers remain part of “normal” society.

Speaking to the Recorder just days after the ashes of Evaldas Svolkinas were buried in Lithuania, Marius Svolkinas said: “There can’t be a place for people like that [his killers] in normal society.”

Evaldas, known as Elvis to his English friends, went missing after leaving his Dorking Rise, Harold Hill, home on December 13 last year.

Three days later the carpenter’s body was found in a stream off Wincanton Road. He had died from head injuries and a murder investigation was launched.

Fighting back tears Marius, 32, said: “We were born on the same month, on the same day, he was two years older, but we were like twin brothers, now there’s a gap where he used to be.”

Elvis had moved to England in 1999 from Lithuania in search of a better life and spent a few years in Hornchurch before moving to Harold Hill in 2008.

His younger brother recalled the day that diabetic Elvis went missing.

He said: “I got a call from his girlfriend that his phone was switched off, then got another from one of our close friends.

“He’s diabetic, I was thinking that maybe he’s let his sugar level drop down somewhere in the city.

“I didn’t think something like this could happen – then the police came round.”

Evaldas was cremated at the South Essex Crematorium, Upminster, on March 1, and his ashes were buried in Lithuania last weekend.

“It was so difficult to call my mother, so difficult to speak to family members in Lithuania, to tell them what happened, no one wanted to believe it,” he recalled.

Marius, who said his brother had not told him he was in any kind of trouble, is calling on those who might have any information about the murder to come forward.

He said: “I don’t have a clue who could have done this. I just want to ask people if anyone has seen or hears something, don’t keep it quiet.

“Don’t be afraid, the people who’ve done it have to be punished, they have to be moved out of the community, they can’t be just free to walk around with normal people going to work or with their families.

“There’s no place for people like that in a normal community.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the incident room on 020 8345 3734 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Related articles

Latest Romford News Stories

Yesterday, 14:37
A range of single storey garages were destroyed by a fire in Rush Green this afternoon

Firefighters from four stations spent two hours bringing a fire that destroyed a number of single storey garages under control.

Yesterday, 16:48
Robert Morris aged 22  from Hornchurch

Do you know the whereabouts of these five people? They are all sought by police on suspicion of a number of alleged crimes, ranging from assault to robbery.

Yesterday, 15:18
Pupils from St Edwards Church of England and Sixth Form College School with certificates gained from an arts awards evening.

An awards evening for progress and effort in art, drama and music was held at a school last week.

Yesterday, 14:54
Pupils from Frances Bardsley Academy For Girls with the help of Romford Model Engineering Club have successfully built a 250 ft train track to encourage engineering

Pupils have been set on the track to a future in engineering thanks to a pioneering new venture.

Yesterday, 13:11
Ex West Ham footballer Tony Cottee launches the new Coral betting shop in the Libertyy Centre. L to R Terence Matthews, shop manager Julie Aston, Tony Cottee, Tayla Dobson and area manager Dave Blackery

West Ham legend Tony Cottee opened a new betting shop in the The Liberty shopping centre on Saturday.

Yesterday, 11:26
Mia Delaney at the cake sale held by Langtons Junior Academy

Thousands of pounds have been raised to assist the family of an 11-year-old girl with cancer who is due to have treatment in America next month.

Yesterday, 11:22
Travellers in Wincanton Road, Harold Hill Picture: John Eboy

Travellers have settled in Harold Hill over the weekend and at a closed petrol station in Romford.

Yesterday, 10:33
Deputy Mayor of Havering Cllr Linda Van Den Hende, Anne Myatt, Debbie Shelton and Mary Harvey from RAGS

Cream cakes filled with jam and pots of tea helped raise more than £800 for an autistic charity thanks to a heroic mother’s efforts to raise money.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

News from your area

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Competitions

Which book character do you share cleaning habits with?

Whether you have more in common with put-upon Cinderella, emotionally turbulent Jane Eyre, or easily distracted Mole, you’re sure to appreciate that one lucky winner will receive four sessions of free cleaning. Enter our quiz for your chance to win. All runners up will get £10 off their first clean when making a repeat booking.

£15k prize bundle

Imagine having the opportunity to win an incredible £15,000 bundle of some of the most amazing prizes available. Well, for one lucky contest entrant that dream could soon become a reality because we at MyOffers are offering an incredible free prize bundle that will make even the most hardened person wild with excitement.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now