Woman found dead in pool of blood was murdered, jury told

Police outside the Hare and Hounds in North Brink, Wisbech on 19th January 2013. Photo: Adam Fairbrother
Police outside the Hare and Hounds in North Brink, Wisbech on 19th January 2013. Photo: Adam Fairbrother
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A woman found dead in a pool of blood at a Wisbech hotel after answering a lonely hearts ad had been raped and murdered, a court has heard.

Virjinja Jurkiene’s naked body was found in a room at the Hare and Hounds hotel in North Brink, Wisbech on Saturday, 19 January.

The body was covered in wounds and injuries, including bite marks, and a post mortem revealed she had been asphyxiated following violent sexual intercourse.

Dainotas Doblys, (49) of no fixed abode but from Boston, Lincolnshire, stood in the dock on the first day of his trial at Cambridge Crown Court on Tuesday (11 June).

Doblys denies charges of murder, manslaughter, two rapes and one attempted rape.

Felicity Gerry, prosecuting, told the court Doblys had met 49-year-old Miss Jurkiene the day before her body was found after she had responded to a lonely hearts advert.

The pair met up on January 18, and looked for a hotel to stay at in Wisbech

Miss Gerry said: “The deceased suffered a violent death. She suffered multiple injuries including bruising to her thigh, damage to her mouth and serious genital injury.

“In relation to the cause of death, the evidence is that Virjinja was semi conscious or unconscious and the defendant must have carried on having sex with her.

“At some point during his attack upon her she asphyxiated.”

The court heard how Miss Jurkiene, of Oakroyd Crescent, Wisbech, was known to be a heavy drinker, and was four and a half times over the legal drink drive limit when she died - meaning her ‘lack of consent would have been obvious.’

Doblys and Miss Jurkiene checked into the hotel at about 4.45pm, with landlady Jacqui Owens telling police the man had persuaded her to sell him a bottle of vodka.

The following morning hotel staff noticed water leaking from the shower room above the kitchen.

Ms Owens told police Doblys came downstairs at about 11.20am and asked to buy cigarettes.

She told the defendant he was long past his 10am check-out time - but he said there had been a problem with the lady he was with, and using hand gestures indicated he had tried chest compressions. Mrs Owens asked if the woman was dead, and he replied ‘I think so... I don’t know.’

An ambulance and police were called for, it was later revealed Miss Jerkiene, who was found covered by a blood stained duvet had been dead for some time before the incident was reported.

The trial continues.