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Finance consultant facing murder charge gets bail varied

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Financial consultant, 43, on £90,000-a-year who denies murdering her four-week-old baby girl asks for her bail conditions to be changed so she can rent out her home on Airbnb

  • Clare Sanders, 42, is accused of murdering baby Eva with her Ukrainian lover
  • She and Tomas Vaitkevicius charged with murder, and causing or allowing death 
  • Paramedics were called to flat after neighbour heard her screaming: ‘My baby’ 
  • Duo from South London both plead not guilty and will stand trial next February 

Clare Sanders, 42, of Mitcham, South London, pictured leaving the Old Bailey

Clare Sanders, 42, of Mitcham, South London, pictured leaving the Old Bailey

A £90,000-a-year finance consultant who denies murdering her four-week-old baby has asked for her bail conditions to be varied so she can rent out her home on Airbnb.

Clare Sanders, 43, is accused of killing baby Eva with her Ukrainian lover Tomas Vaitkevicius, 44, at their south London home in September 2017.

Emergency services were called to a Georgian property in Mitcham after a concerned neighbour heard Sanders screaming: ‘My baby, my baby.’

Eva was alive and taken to hospital but suffered such severe injuries to her head and spine that her life support was turned off the following day.

Vaitkevicius denied murder and causing or allowing the death of a child when he appeared via video-link from HMP Wandsworth.

Sanders did not attend court but her barrister Ronnie Manek applied for a bail variation allowing her to rent out her flat at Renshaw Coroner on the Airbnb app.

Mr Manek said the 43-year-old was planning to stay at a friend’s oast house in Wadhurst, east Sussex, while renting out her home.

He said: ‘She rents out her property from time to time and occasionally stays at a close friend’s home in Wadhurst, east Sussex.

‘This variation would allow Ms Sanders to make an income from renting out her flat.

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‘The curfew of 11pm would still apply to whichever property she stays in.’

Sanders had her bail conditions varied by a judge in July so she can see her friends in the City. Vaitkevicius was remanded in custody as before

Sanders had her bail conditions varied by a judge in July so she can see her friends in the City. Vaitkevicius was remanded in custody as before

Sanders was living with her Ukrainian lover in a flat on this road in Mitcham, South London

Sanders was living with her Ukrainian lover in a flat on this road in Mitcham, South London

Judge Mark Lucraft QC allowed the bail variation for Sanders, which will come into effect on 17 October.

Sanders had her bail conditions varied by a judge in July so she can see her friends in the City. Vaitkevicius was remanded in custody as before.

Sanders, of Streatham Road, Mitcham, south London, and Vaitkevicius, of St Barnabas Road, also Mitcham, both deny murder and causing or allowing the death of a child.

They are due to stand trial at the Old Bailey on 17 February next year. 

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