Miklos Verebes jailed for murdering and raping partner in Carlisle

07/03/2017

A 29-year-old man has today been found guilty and sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court to 28 years imprisonment for murdering his partner at a house on Orton Road, Carlisle on 15th September 2016. He was also found guilty of raping her on three occasions between 2013 and 2016.

Miklos Verebes, who had been released from prison a few days earlier for assaulting 34-year-old Melinda Kerosi on a previous occasion, broke into her house via a kitchen window at approximately 6am. Neighbours called the police who arrived just four minutes later, but he had already murdered her with a sharpened rock.

Isla Chilton, Senior Crown Prosecutor for the CPS Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Unit said: "Miklos Verebes carried out a horrific pre-meditated attack upon his partner, just days after being released from prison for a previous assault upon her.

"Whilst he was in prison, Melinda Kerosi took the courage to report to the police that he had repeatedly raped her during their relationship.

"Just a few days after being arrested and interviewed for those offences, he armed himself with a sharp rock with the intention of using it to kill her. He smashed the kitchen window and climbed in to the house.

"Neighbours who heard loud noises coming from the house immediately called the police, but by the time they arrived, just a few minutes later, he had already carried out his mission to brutally murder her. Melinda Kerosi did not stand a chance against him and suffered catastrophic injuries during the attack.

"Miklos Verebes is an extremely dangerous man whose actions were motivated by revenge for her reporting him to the authorities for the previous violence he had used against her. Throughout the case he denied he was responsible for the murder and for raping her. However, after the jury have carefully considered all the evidence, they have today found him guilty of all the offences.

"We know that nothing can undo what happened to Melinda, but we hope that today's sentence brings her family and friends some sense that justice has been served. Our thoughts are with them at this difficult time."