Son jailed for murdering his mother and her partner

Son, 22, is jailed for minimum of 32-years after strangling his mother, 51 and her partner, 71, before embarking on a 1,200 mile road trip to Stonehenge, Snowdonia and Scotland

  • Andrei-Mihai Simion-Munteanu, 22, plotted murdering his mother for two weeks
  • Simion-Munteanu strangled his mother Dr Premm Monti to death at their home
  • He also bludgeoned her partner Robert Tully around the head with a hammer 
  • Simion-Munteanu was today jailed for life with a minimum term of 32 years  

Andrei-Mihai Simion-Munteanu, 22, told police he plotted killing his mother Dr Premm Monti, 51, and her partner Robert Tully, 71, for two weeks before attacking them in their home in Lincolnshire on July 28-29 last year

A computer engineer who went on a tour of the country after murdering his mother and her American partner has been jailed for 32 years.  

Andrei-Mihai Simion-Munteanu, 22, strangled his mother Dr Premm Monti, 51 at their home in Branston, Lincolnshire on the night of July 28-29 last year. 

He then bludgeoned his mother’s partner, 71-year-old Robert Tully with a hammer before stealing his car and going on a 1,200-mile tour of the country, which included stops at Stonehenge, Snowdonia before his arrest in Aberdeen. 

Simion-Munteanu, who is a Romanian national, was stopped and arrested by police on August 5. He admitted killing his mother and her partner shortly afterwards. 

Simion-Munteanu told detectives he strangled his mother in her bed and waited until 5am the following morning for Mr Tully to wake up before battering him across the head with a hammer. 

He said he had been plotting the murders for a fortnight beforehand. 

The killer pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsiblity, but this was rejected by the jury at Lincoln Crown Court who found him guilty of murder.   

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.

Dr Premm Monti, 51, and her partner Robert Tully, 71, were murdered by her son Andre9-Mihai Simion-Munteanu at their Lincolnshire home in July last year. Simion-Munteanu stole Mr Tully’s car after the double killing and embarked on a 1,200 mile tour of the country before he was arrested in Aberdeen

‘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.’ 

Following the conviction, Mr Tully’s family said: ‘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.’

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