MURDER TRIAL: Defendant admits beating girlfriend but says relationship was ‘like a fairytale’ when alcohol was not involved

Vytautas Jokubauskas
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A meat factory worker accused of hacking his girlfriend into pieces and keeping her torso in a suitcase admitted he was ‘very jealous’ and hit her during drunken rows.

Vitautas Jokubauskas, 57, allegedly strangled Ramute Butkiene, 42, with the cord of her dressing gown after accusing her of having another lover.

Ramute Butkiene

Ramute Butkiene

The Lithuanian used his butchery skills to cut her up at his home in Peterborough, buried her limbs in nearby woods and threw her head in the River Nene.

Ms Butkiene’s torso was found locked inside a suitcase in his room in Mayor’s Walk a week later on 5 June this year.

Jokubauskas told Southwark Crown Court that his ‘lovely’ relationship with Ms Butkiene soured because of her excessive drinking of vodka.

“Those rare occasions when she didn’t drink – it was like a fairy tale,” he said.

The scene at Mayor's Walk EMN-150606-185147009

The scene at Mayor's Walk EMN-150606-185147009

“One day I would come back from work and everything would be normal and another day I would come back from work and she would be drunk.

“She would start lying. She would say where she was or where she wasn’t.

“Otherwise I just loved her – if she stayed at home and didn’t go anywhere.”

Jokubauskas admitted hitting his girlfriend for the first time a month after they first met, during a row in the middle of the night.

“She said ‘Give me some vodka’ and I told her to go away because I am not going to buy any,” he told the court.

He admitted causing her two black eyes that lasted for around a month but claimed not to know how he caused such serious injuries.

Jokubauskas also admitted hitting Ms Butkiene on the hand with a golf club to stop her drinking from a bottle of vodka.

“I wanted to take the bottle and she wouldn’t let me so I hit her hand,” he said.

“It wasn’t a good idea to do it but I was very nervous so I hit her.”

A month before Ms Butkiene’s death they had another argument after she failed to return Jokubauskas’ calls, he claimed.

“I would understand if it happened once, but I was calling her many times in a period of three hours,” Jokubauskas said.

“I am a very jealous person, infidelity is unacceptable for me.”

The jury was told that a ‘heated’ argument then took place in which Jokubauskas accused the woman of seeing someone else at around the end of April or beginning of May.

Jokubauskas described punching her to the sides of her body and ribs with his fists.

“All of these arguments were mainly because of the drinking,” Jokubauskas said.

He told the jury that ‘the basis for every argument was drinking’ and that their relationship became a lot quieter in the weeks leading up to Ms Butkiene’s death with ‘little quarrels’.

Jokubauskas, of (40) Mayor’s Walk, Peterborough, has pleaded guilty to manslaughter and preventing lawful burial but denies murder.

The trial continues.

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