A 22-year-old man who murdered his mother and her partner because killing family members was something “an evil person would do”, has been jailed for life with a minimum sentence of 32 years.
Andrei-Mihai Simion-Munteanu strangled to death his mother Dr Premm Monti at the home they shared in Lincoln Road, Branston, on the night of 28-29 July last year, before killing Robert Tully by delivering several blows to his head with a hammer.
Following the murders, Simion-Munteanu stole Robert’s car before driving to locations across the UK - including Stonehenge and Snowdonia - over the next several days.
He was stopped and arrested in Aberdeen, Scotland, on 5 August. Police had been alerted to the car because it was linked to a missing person investigation launched by West Midlands Police when Premm, who was a psychiatrist, did not attend her place of work in Dudley on Monday, 29 July.
When stopped, he immediately admitted to killing both 51-year-old Premm, a Romanian national, and Robert, who was aged 71 and originally from the United States.
Post-mortem examinations showed that Premm died due to pressure on her neck, while Robert died as a result of head injuries.
In interviews, Simion-Munteanu said he had strangled his mother to death in her bedroom. He waited until Robert woke at around 5am the next day, before striking him several times on the head in the kitchen of the house.
Simion-Munteanu said he had been planning the killings for a fortnight beforehand.
The defence’s claim that Simion-Munteanu should be found guilty of a lesser charge of manslaughter, on the grounds of diminished responsibility, was rejected by the jury.
At Lincoln Crown Court today (13 February) Simion-Munteanu was sentenced to life and will serve a minimum of 32 years.
Detective Inspector Andy McWatt, of the East Midlands Special Operations Unit, said: “This is a tragic case in which two families have had to come to terms with losing loved ones in devastating circumstances.
“Simion-Munteanu never denied that he had killed his mother and Robert Tully - but also never showed any remorse for their murders.
“Given the manner of the killings it has been a difficult case to investigate, but I am grateful for the assistance of numerous officers in bringing it to court.”
Tribute from the family of Robert Tully
“We continue to mourn for Rob and to be devastated by his death. We’ve lost our storyteller, our adventurer, our big brother, father, grandfather, uncle, nephew, cousin, friend. Rob was an extraordinary person, and was and is loved very dearly. Our hearts go out to Leela’s family as well.”
Notes to editors: The families of Dr Premm Monti and Robert Tully have indicated that they do not wish to speak to media, and ask that their privacy is respected.
Previous release: A 22-year-old man has been found guilty of murdering his mother and her partner at a property in Branston.
Andrei-Mihai Simion-Munteanu killed 51-year-old Premm Leela Monti and 71-year-old Robert Tully at the house on Lincoln Road, Branston, on the night of 28-29 July last year.
Simion-Munteanu strangled his mother to death in her bedroom before killing Robert Tully by delivering several blows to the head with a hammer.
He had admitted the killings but denied charges of murder.
Simion-Munteanu is due to be sentenced later today (13 February).
13 Feb 20 1:56 PM