Man admits killing partner in Peterborough ‘body in a bag’ case

Vytautas Jokubauskas
Vytautas Jokubauskas
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A man has admitted killing a mum of one in Peterborough.

Vitautas Jokubauskas, 57, butchered Ramute Butkiene, 42, at his home in Mayor’s Walk in Peterborough.

Ramute Butkiene

Ramute Butkiene

It is believed Ms Butkiene, who has a 16-year-old daughter, died between May 28 and June 6 this year.

However, her torso, which was missing the head, arms and legs, was not discovered until June 5 when neighbours complained of a smell coming from Jokubauskas’ room.

He appeared at the Old Bailey via videolink from HMP Belmarsh this morning to plead guilty to manslaughter and preventing a decent burial.

Jokubauskas, wearing a brown prison issue jumper, denied murder and will stand trial at Southwark Crown Court to start on November 11.

Prosecutor Andrew Jackson said: ‘We anticipate a trial will last between five and seven days.’

Jokubauskas had been renting a room in the house in Mayor’s Walk at the time of the killing.

Police issued an appeal for help finding Ms Butkiene after the discovery of the dismembered torso, saying she had last been seen at the end of May going to work in Huntingdon.

However, she was subsequently identified as the deceased.

Judge Mark Lucraft QC remanded Jokubauskas in custody until the start of his trial.

Jokubauskas, of (40) Mayor’s Walk, Peterborough, has pleaded guilty to manslaughter and preventing a burial of a corpse.