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Arrestted Woman Is A Latvian Torturer Who Fled To Scotland
A Latvian woman booked for drinking in the street faces extradition after being exposed as a member of a torture gang who killed an old woman.
Tatjana Kurlankova had been living and working in Scotland for 18 months before being stopped by police. The 30-year-old was given a £60 fixed penalty for drinking in a street in Cathcart, Glasgow, in February. But when officers processed her details at the station, they discovered her horrific crimes in her homeland.
Kurlankova was jailed in 2006 for 10 years for murder and a string of robberies.
Latvian authorities issued a European warrant for her arrest after she left the country, breaching strict parole conditions.
She had been part of a gang who murdered an 85-year-old woman in a terrifying attack in 2004.
They subjected their frail victim to a 21-hour ordeal which saw them inject her with alcohol, toilet water, novocaine and mercury from a broken thermometer. Kurlankova and two male accomplices also forced her to drink washing liquid and vinegar and repeatedly kicked and punched her.
They made off with the woman’s £930 life savings and four jars of jam when a relative disturbed them.
Mum-of-two Kurlankova had also carried out a string of burglaries in Daugavpils, the second largest city in Latvia, over a four-week period before targeting their helpless victim. She was released on parole in 2013 and ordered not to leave the country. She was also told to seek treatment for alcohol addiction.
But she ignored her restrictions and moved to Plains, Lanarkshire, after getting a job at a potato factory in Airdrie.
Kurlankova was arrested in front of colleagues when she turned up for her shift.
She appeared at a special extradition hearing at Edinburgh Sheriff Court before Sheriff Nigel Ross, where the first legal moves were made to extradite her back to Latvia.
Kurlankova faces at least 16 months in prison for parole violations when she’s returned to Latvia. Her lawyers say she should stay in Scotland and removing her would breach her human rights.
Her lawyer Luke O’Curry said: “We intend contesting the extradition to allow the court to investigate the terms of the probation order she is said to have breached. “She has served her prison term and should be allowed to settle here. “Since she arrived in Scotland, she has been in gainful employment and has paid national insurance contributions. She wishes to make a life for herself here and to have a future with her family.
“We will argue that she is entitled to a family life under the European Convention on Human Rights.
“My client does not contest the original conviction but feels she has co-operated with the authorities.”
Before Scotland, Kurlankova, who does not speak English, also lived in London and Great Yarmouth.
Police Scotland said: “On February 3, a 30-year-old woman was issued with a fixed penalty notice for consuming alcoholic liquor in a public place. On February 13, a 30-year-old woman was arrested and detained under a European arrest warrant.”