Isolated mum was murdered by boyfriend while in controlling relationship

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An isolated and vulnerable mother who had "nowhere to turn to" was murdered by her boyfriend after becoming trapped in a controlling relationship, a report has found.

The body of Dzilva Butiene, 48, was discovered in a flat she shared with Kestutis Bauzys, her chest and abdomen covered in more than 60 cuts and bruises.

VICTIM: Dzilva Butiene

VICTIM: Dzilva Butiene

Bauzys - who convinced Ms Butiene to move from Lithuania to England - was later convicted of Ms Butiene's murder in Wisbech, in April last year.

A homicide report has revealed the mother-of-two was "subject to a controlling relationship" with 47-year-old Bauzys, whose coercive behaviour played a major role in her death.

The report - published by Fenland Community Safety Partnership - did not name the pair, but is believed to be about Ms Butiene's murder.

It said that Ms Butiene spoke little English, had a lack of close friends, and struggled to work after suffering from cancer and alcoholism.

JAILED: Kestutis Bauzys

JAILED: Kestutis Bauzys

Due to this, it said that she "had become reliant on the perpetrator for her needs".

It added: "It is difficult to imagine how her life must have been, given that she seems to have had nowhere to turn to, or been aware of how she could have sought support."

The report said Bauzys, who had known Ms Butiene since they were at school, encouraged her to come to the UK in 2013.

It added: "The perpetrator was able to use his influence to bring her into the UK on the understanding that she would have a better lifestyle, but the reality was that this was a way in which ha was able to gain her trust."

She left two sons - now in their early twenties - in Lithuania who she "adored" and was close to, sometimes returning to visit them.

A former employer described her as a "tiny meek woman who was slightly built".

In contrast, Bauzys "used the gym as a body builder and used steroids".

A few months before her murder, Ms Butiene went to see a doctor about anxiety.

When she was examined, she was found to have evidence of two "recently broken ribs".

The report recommended that health professionals should ask patients "explicit questions concerning domestic abuse" in the future.

Bauzys was sentenced at Cambridge Crown Court on October 18 last year to a minimum of 17-and-a-half years in prison.

Ms Butiene was staying with the boyfriend-of-four-years in Wisbech, Cambs., when she was murdered on April 5 last year.

The ambulance service raised concerns with police after discovering Mrs Butiene had died some time before they were called at 8.30pm and had fresh bruises on her lip and other bruises to her face and arms.

Bauzys consistently told paramedics the injuries were caused because the mother-of-two was an alcoholic and had fallen.

Further investigation revealed Bauzys had visited a nearby shop at about 8pm to buy alcohol and when paying mentioned to the shop assistant that his wife was not breathing.

He also spoke to a member of the public and asked her to call an ambulance but the woman didn’t speak English and called her son to help.

A post mortem carried out by Dr Nat Cary concluded Mrs Butiene died of a trauma to the abdomen that had caused a laceration to her liver in two places.

Bauzys was arrested after he was found sleeping in a tent in woods just outside Wisbech on the A47 on April 13.

Detective Inspector Alan Page, from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, said: “This was a horrendous case of domestic abuse behind closed doors.

"Bauzys consistently lied claiming Mrs Butiene had caused her injuries herself from falling over.

"The expert medical evidence stated that these type of injuries would be seen either from a forceful assault, a fall from a first floor building or a high speed road collision where the victim wasn’t wearing a seat-belt.

“We established that Mrs Butiene had not left the flat and that Bauzys had been the only person in her company at the time she would have received the fatal injury.

“In this case officers had not received any previous reports of domestic abuse.

"We would urge anyone who finds themselves in an abusive relationship, please find the courage to tell someone.

"You don’t have to come direct to police but it’s not acceptable to live with abuse.”

In a statement Mrs Butiene’s family said: “Dzilva’s death has left utter devastation to all her friends and family here in Lithuania, including her two sons.

"We have all been affected by her death and remain to take each day at a time.”