Devout Christian gran, 61, found stabbed to death at home is pictured as son, 31, charged with murder

A DEVOUT Christian grandmother who was found stabbed to death was allegedly murdered by her son.

Agita Geslere, 61, was found dead at home in Barnsley in the early hours of Tuesday.


Cops were called just after 12.30am after reports that a woman had been hurt, and Agita was found with serious injuries.

She was taken to hospital where she died a short time later.

Her son was charged with her murder today.

Renars Geslers, 31, has been remanded into custody to appear before Barnsley Magistrates Court tomorrow.

A post-mortem examination carried out yesterday found Agita died from multiple stab wounds.

Agita, a devout Christian, was shown in social media posts going pilgrimages to Israel with a church group.

A Facebook post seems to suggest another of her sons died at a young age.

Agita was originally from Latvia, and appears to have grandchildren living in Ireland.

Karen Hutchinson, who lives near where Ms Geslere was stabbed, told Examiner Live: "I first knew something was up when I noticed the police cordon close to our house and told my husband.

"I wondered what on Earth had happened. I have only just found out what happened and it was quite a shock.

"I realised it must be something serious and apparently there was a stabbing.

"It’s such a shock. It’s normally a very quiet street and I very rarely lock the door."

Her family are being supported by specially trained officers.

DCI Mick Hakin, who is leading the investigation into Agita’s death, said: “I am aware that incidents like this are a matter of great concern for local residents.

"I want to reassure the local community that enquiries so far indicate this to be an isolated incident.

“There will continue to be a police presence in Briefield Close in the coming days while officers carry out their enquiries.

"I would encourage anyone who hasn’t already had the opportunity to talk to us, to contact the police if they have any information which may be helpful.

“If you have any information which could help the investigation, please call 101 quoting incident number 15 of 25 May 2021.

“You can also speak to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”


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