MURDER TRIAL: Woman was strangled before lover used meat processing experience to butcher body and hide in suitcase jury hears

Ramute Butkiene

Ramute Butkiene

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A jealous lover with butchering experience killed his girlfriend watched war films on his laptop and drank whisky with her torso stuffed into a suitcase in the same room, a court heard.

Vitautas Jokubauskas, 57, killed Ramute Butkiene, 42, at his home in Mayor’s Walk, Peterborough, earlier this year.

Vytautas Jokubauskas

Vytautas Jokubauskas

The meat factory worker tried to cover up the killing by cutting off her head and throwing it into the River Nene before burying her arms and legs in wooded areas of Peterborough.

Jokubauskus later told detectives ‘I am a killer’ then said in interview he had strangled his girlfriend ‘just a little’ after asking her not to leave him so she would know he ‘wasn’t joking’.

He also told the police he had taken the cord for her dressing gown and folded it three times whilst she was lying on the bed and pressed down on her neck.

The Lithuanian said he let go three times so that she would come round and he would ask her not to leave him but he had pressed too hard the fourth time and killed her.

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Scene at Mayor's Walk EMN-150606-185147009

Prosecutor Andrew Jackson, QC, said Jokubauskus, who worked for Hilton Meats in Huntingdon, had experience in meat processing which helped him carve up his lover.

He said: “You may think, members of the jury, that his work at a meat processing plant gave him experience he was able to draw upon for the grizzly task of dismembering the body.

“He is seen buying alcohol for three consecutive days from May 27 onwards, perhaps to steel himself for the grim task.

“He told the police he only meant to frighten her but it is the prosecution’s case that this is not a man pressing on his girlfriends throat to scare her and no more.

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Scene at Mayor's Walk, West Town EMN-150606-183626009

“It is murder because he meant to kill.”

A passer-by saw Ms Butkiene trying to flee the bedsit they shared on Mayors Walk in Peterborough at 9pm on the night it is thought she died.

She walked out of the front door and across the road in just her dressing gown and slippers but Jokubauskus came running out of the house, grabbed her and took her back inside.

Jokubauskus later told police during interview she had tried to ‘escape’ but that he had brought her back inside.

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Scene at Mayor's Walk EMN-150606-185332009

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

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

The trial continues.

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