Case is ‘most grotesque’ of top detective’s career

Police divers at Thorpe Meadows looking for murder case evidence EMN-151006-161635009
Police divers at Thorpe Meadows looking for murder case evidence EMN-151006-161635009
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The detective who lead the investigation into the murder of Ramute Butkiene said it was ‘the most grotesque’ case he had worked on.

Detective Chief Inspector Martin Brunning, who has worked on some of the most high profile cases in Peterborough in recent years - including bringing serial killer Joanna Dennehy to justice - said the grisly way meat factory worker Vytautas Jokubauskas had used his butchery skills to chop up the mum of one’s body before burying limbs parts in woods and dumping them in a stream was particularly gruesome.

DCI Martin Brunning

DCI Martin Brunning

He said: “It is possibly the most grotesque case I have worked on. There was an upsetting set of circumstances, and specialist officers had to search for body parts. I know the case will live with the officers at the Major Crime Unit for a long time.”

Jokubauskas was brought to justice after housemates living in the ordinary house in Mayor’s Walk, Peterborough discovered Ms Butkiene’s torso hidden in a suitcase in the house on June 5.

Jokubauskas had strangled Ms Butkiene with a dressing gown cord in May.

DCI Brunning said: “We received a call that a body had been found in a suitcase at the home. The other residents living there had noticed a horrific smell coming from the room, and went to investigate. They found the torso in the suitcase.

Police search railway sidings at Mayors Walk/ Bourges Boulevard for evidence in murder enquiry EMN-150806-232320009

Police search railway sidings at Mayors Walk/ Bourges Boulevard for evidence in murder enquiry EMN-150806-232320009

“We knew Jokubauskas lived in the room, but we did not know who the victim was.

“We took the unusual step of issuing his photo to catch him. We did not know what his motivation was for the death, and had to catch him quickly.

“We then had a call from someone who had seen him in Clipstone Walk. He had been hiding in shrubs and bushes.”

Once Jokubauskas was arrested, he confessed to the killing straight away.

Police searching area around rear of Toysrus and Lime Kiln Close - murder enquiry EMN-150806-172521009

Police searching area around rear of Toysrus and Lime Kiln Close - murder enquiry EMN-150806-172521009

DCI Brunning said: “The only honourable things he has done is to admit he killed her, and give the location of where he had hidden the body parts.

“Some were hidden in the proximity of the prison behind Toys R Us, while others were in stream off Thorpe Road. He had carefully segmented the limbs, and put them in black bags.”

The arms and legs were quickly found following his confession, but Miss Butkiene’s head was never recovered. A post mortem has not been able to reveal the cause of death as a result.

DCI Brunning said: “Any death by a violent act is always difficult to deal with, but this search was especially tough for the officers.
“It was very disturbing.

“He said he had left body parts in only two locations. We only ever found the arms and legs. We searched both areas very thoroughly, but could not find her head.

“It is devastating to be the bearer of that news to the victim’s family, the worst possible news a family can have.

“The funeral took place in Lithuania, but Ramute’s family had to carry that out knowing her head was not buried there.

“There has been contact with police and her family since the verdict, but understandably it is still very raw for them.”

While Jokubauskas admitted killing Ms Butkiene, he denied murdering her - however, the jury saw through his lies, delivering a guilty verdict in just 40 minutes following a week long trial.

DCI Brunning said: “He went into the witness box and said his life would be over as a result of the prison sentence he would receive.

“If events happened like he said they did, he could have called police and ambulance services at an early stage. But that is a million miles away from what happened.

“The police’s aim at the start is to bring justice and do the best we can for the victim’s family. I am pleased we have this result for them.”

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