London police solves Birmingham murders

London: A 37-year-old Lithuanian national has been charged with the murders of Indian-origin Avtar Singh Kolar and and his British wife in Birmingham last week, the British police said today and indicted that the couple was killed during a robbery in their house. The West Midlands Police, that had launched a major investigation named Operation Tiler, today said they were not looking for anyone else in relation to the case. The suspect, named Rimvydas Liorancas, 37, was taken into custody on Monday in Birmingham.

The bodies of Avtar Singh, 62, and Carlole, 59, were found by their police officer son, Jason, from their house last Wednesday in Handsworth Wood, Birmingham.

The police ruled out theft of gold as a motive for the murder, and said a number of items that were stolen from the Kolars house had been recovered. There was also no link to the fact that the couple`s son, Jason Kolar, is a serving officer in the West Midlands Police.
A post mortem showed that the couple died due to head injuries.

Sector Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, Martin Lindup, said: "I have advised West Midlands Police that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to charge Rimvydas Liorancas, aged 37, with two counts of murder following the death of Avtar and Carole Kolar at their home in Handsworth Wood, Birmingham".

Detective Chief Superintendent Steve Jupp said: "The devastating impact of such a tragic and senseless death has been far reaching. The family have been overwhelmed by messages of support from friends, from the local community and much further afield".

He added: "The investigation into Carole and Avtar`s death has been complex and very fast moving. We are not looking for anyone else in connection with this murder but much work remains to be done to bring this investigation to court".

During the press conference this morning, the police confirmed that they had ruled out any connection between Carole and Avtar Kolar`s death and the fact that their son is a police officer or indeed any connection to the force`s work with gangs. Two arrests made over the last weekend were subsequently released without charge.