Man (46) in court over Rotherham killing of mum Alena Grlakova

By Michael Upton | 09/10/2019

Man (46) in court over Rotherham killing of mum Alena Grlakova

A MAN is due to appear at court today over the murder of Alena Grlakova in Rotherham.

Gary Arthur Allen, of HMP Doncaster, has been remanded in custody and will appear before Sheffield Magistrates’ Court this morning charged with murder.

Mrs Grlakova’s body was found on land just off Taylor’s Lane, Rotherham, on April 8 and and a murder inquiry was launched. 

The 38-year-old (above), of Swinton, had been reported missing in January of this year following concerns from her family. 

The last sighting of her was on Boxing Day 2018.

A postmortem concluded that the mum of four had died as a result of neck injuries,

Det Chief Insp Mark Oughton said the police were still appealing for information about the time around the killing.

“I’d like to thank Alena’s family for their patience and support as we have carried out and continue to conduct enquiries in relation to her death,” he said.

“Specially trained officers are supporting them at this incredibly difficult time.

“I’d also like to thank members of the public who have come forward with information so far.

“We remain keen to hear from anyone with information, who saw Alena on Boxing Day 2018, and who saw anyone acting suspiciously in the Taylors Lane area. 

“If you can help, please contact us on one of the methods below.”

Mr Oughton warned people to be careful what they said on social media to avoid prejudicing the ongoing case.

“I would ask that people are mindful of what they are posting on social media, to allow the case to progress through the courts unhindered,” he said.

“Speculation as to any details of the case could potentially harm the investigation. 

“You could also find yourself in contempt of court, which can result in a fine or up to two years in prison.”

Anyone with information should call 101 quoting incident number 453 of April 8, 2019, speak to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, or call the incident room directly on 01709 443540.

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