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​Woman Jailed For Life After Organising ‘Medieval Duel’ Between Boyfriend And Ex

 

A woman has been jailed for life after organising a ‘medieval duel’ between her lover and her ex-husband.

Asta Juskauskiene, 35, had left her husband Giedruis Juskauskas and started seeing Mantas Kvedaras when he got out of prison.

The mum of three had been warned that Kvedaras, 25, was dangerous – he had been in prison for rape – but enjoyed the ‘risks and dangers’ of the relationship they shared, and they moved to the UK following her divorce in 2018.

Kingston Crown Court heard how Mr Juskauskas still wanted to try and make things work with his ex-wife after they split, and he continued to provide financial support for their daughter.

However, with both men claiming Juskauskiene as their own, according to Court News, she decided a ‘fight to the death’ in London would settle the matter.

On 17 June last year, Ms Juskauskiene and her new lover ‘deliberately lured’ Mr Juskauskas into an alleyway, where Kvedaras stabbed him a total of 35 times.

Asta Juskauskiene and Mantas Kvedaras. Credit: PA
Asta Juskauskiene and Mantas Kvedaras. Credit: PA

Leaving him to die, Kvedaras and Ms Juskauskiene then went out for pizza to celebrate her ex’s death, later returning home to delete text messages that could implicate them in the crime.

The man’s body was eventually recovered and found to have multiple stab wounds.

Sentencing, Judge Peter Lodder QC said: “You deliberately and cynically lured Mr Juskauskas into a dark alley where just after midnight you, Mantas, slaughtered this drunk and defenceless man.

“Such was the speed and the surprise of your brutal knife attack, that he suffered 35 individual wounds to his neck, head, arms and body, by contrast you, Mantas walked away without a mark.

“The force you used was sufficiently great that he suffered many wounds that were deep enough to cut through bone, and one passed through his neck. He bled to death in but a few minutes.”

Giedrius Juskauskas. Credit: PA
Giedrius Juskauskas. Credit: PA

Prosecutor Hugh Davies said: “In this latter day medieval duel, the participants were playing by different rules and with markedly different capacities for violence.

“Juskauskas was heavily intoxicated. Unlike Kvederas he had no history of using serious violence. He was wholly unarmed.

“The person who inflicts the fatal blow is not always the most culpable person.”

Juskauskiene was jailed for life with a minimum of 24 year behind bars, after being convicted of conspiracy to murder and perverting the course of justice.

Kvedaras, meanwhile, was sentenced to life with a minimum of 22-and-a-half years after admitting to murder.


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