Vicious murderer guilty of 1982 killing of Dalston mum and children.

Fiend unleashed frenzied attack on family and evaded justice for 30 years.

A VIOLENT killer will die behind bars after being found guilty of murdering a mother and her two daughters in their Dalston flat nearly 30 years ago.

Wilbert Dyce, also know as Tony, 54 of, Forest Gate, was found guilty today (Friday) at the Old Bailey of stabbing to death Norma Richards, 27, and her nine-year-old daughter Samantha, and drowning Syretta, aged seven in 1982.

He was jailed for life.

Dyce attacked the trio after Norma refused his advances in her Kingsgate Estate flat.


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Norma was found naked in the lounge with multiple stab wounds. Samantha and Syretta was both upstairs submerged in the bath. Samantha had been stabbed eight times in the neck, chest, arm, stomach and back while Syretta, who was lying beneath her sister, had drowned. Rhodene, then aged four, was at her grandmother’s at the time.

Dyce was caught almost three decades after the brutal murders thanks to advances in DNA technology and the help of the local community who came forward to give evidence even after so many years had passed.

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Rhodene Cunningham, now 32, said: “When I was four, I found my mum and my sisters dead in our flat we lived in. I was really scared; my mum was just lying there covered in blood. I ran upstairs and my sisters were in the bath. They were dead too.

“After the funeral, I went to live with my dad’s parents. I had a good upbringing, I enjoyed school, had a lot of friends, but at the back of my mind my mum and sisters were dead. I couldn’t understand who would want to hurt them.

“It was hard for me to show emotion, no-one in the family would talk about it or talk to me. I would have a cry now and again; I would turn the music up loud in my room so my gran couldn’t hear me.

She added: “It wasn’t just me who lost them, my dad did too. I can see the pain in his eyes whenever my mum and sisters were mentioned; he has lost his way in a nightmare he can’t wake up from.

“My own daughter has lost her aunts and her grandmother. When I told her what happened to my mum she became really scared something would happen to me and even though she never met them I know she misses them.

“I will never have my mum back to hug or see her smile, I will never be able to share a laugh or evening out with my sisters, but I will always have them in my heart and that will never change.”

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