Trial begins in Australia for Latvian woman accused in pensioner’s murder

A woman from Latvia charged in the brutal murder of an 83-year-old Adelaide resident begins her trial April 4 in the Supreme Court of South Australia.

Angelika Gavare, 35, is charged with murdering pensioner Vonne McGlynn, parts of whose dismembered body were found February 2009 in a park two months after she was reported missing. However, the victim’s head has not been found.

Gavare, who in April 2010 pleaded not guilty to the charge, is alleged to have killed McGlynn, putting pieces of the body in plastic bags and using a child’s stroller to transport them to a creek not far from her house in Christie Downs, a suburb of Adelaide.

McGlynn’s body was identified by a serial number on an artificial hip, according to Australian press reports.

Gavare, a recent immigrant to Australia, was not known in the local Latvian community, Valdis Tomanis, Latvia’s honorary consul in Adelaide, told Latvians Online in February 2009.

After undergoing psychological tests in 2010, Gavare in June was declared fit for trial.

Gavare, a mother of two, also has been accused of stealing the identities of a number of elderly people.

Gavare’s murder case will be heard by Justice Patricia Kelly, according to court records.

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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