A MAN has been found guilty of murdering his partner and jailed for life.
Vytautas Jokubauskas (57) of Mayor’s Walk, Peterborough, was today (Thursday, November 19) convicted of murdering 42-year-old Ramute Butkiene following a week-long trial at Southwark Crown Court.
Ramute’s torso was discovered at a property in Mayor’s Walk on the afternoon of Friday, June 5.
Officers were called to the property following reports of a suspected body in a suitcase after tenants noticed an unpleasant smell coming from a locked room rented by Jokubauskas.
Upon arrival officers discovered the torso of a woman in a suitcase and confirmed the body had no arms, legs or head.
The court heard how Jokubauskas strangled Ramute with the cord from her dressing gown at some point between May 28 and May 29 after accusing her of seeing another man.
He then dismembered her body before watching war films and drinking whisky with her torso was stuffed into a suitcase next to him. He then buried her arms and legs in nearby wooded areas and disposed of her head.
Following a police appeal, Jokubauskas was located in Clipston Walk on June 7, just a few streets away from where he had left Ramute’s torso.
During the seven-day trial, the court also heard how Jokubauskas told officers in interview ‘I am a killer’ and he had strangled his girlfriend ‘just a little’ to scare her.
Detective Inspector Pushpa Guild, from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, said: “This was a gruesome crime against an innocent woman, all because of a moment of jealousy.
“In a moment of rage Jokubauskas killed Ramute and then butchered her in an attempt to cover his tracks.
“Our thoughts go out to Ramute’s family who have been through a truly horrific time these past few months; the indignity they have all been subjected to is something no one should ever have to experience.
“While nothing will ever make up for what has happened, I hope this verdict and knowing Jokubauskas will spend many years behind bars brings some peace to Ramute’s loved ones.”
Jokubauskas pleaded guilty to manslaughter and preventing a lawful and decent burial of a corpse at a hearing at the Old Bailey on September 4.
Jokubauskas must serve a life sentence with a minimum term of 20 years.