A jealous factory worker murdered his girlfriend, hacked up her body with saws and hid her torso in a locked suitcase, a court heard today (Wednesday November 11).
Vitautas Jokubauskas, 57, butchered Ramute Butkiene, 42, at his home in Mayor’s Walk, Peterborough, after strangling her with the cord from her dressing gown.
The Lithuanian killed mother-of-one Ms Butkiene after accusing her of seeing another man, then dismembered her corpse, Southwark Crown Court heard.
He then buried her body parts in some nearby woods after leaving her torso in a locked suitcase in the flat the couple shared.
Prosecutor Andrew Jackson QC told jurors: “At some point between May 28 and May 29 this year, this defendant attacked and murdered his girlfriend.
“Having murdered her, he then used a couple of saws and a knife and severed her arms and legs and cut off her head, which has never been found.
“The Crown’s case is that during this sustained and brutal attack he intended to kill or cause grievous bodily harm to her, and that say the prosecution, amounts to murder.”
The 57-year-old went on the run sleeping rough after butchering his girlfriend in attempt to avoid capture by the police.
Her torso was not discovered until June 5 when neighbours complained of a smell coming from Jokubauskas’ room.
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...