Lithuanians jailed for life over ‘head on beach’ killing

7th March 2009, Comments 0 comments

Vitas Plytnykas suffocated a fellow Lithuanian at her flat in Brechin, eastern Scotland, last March after she gave him access to her savings.

London -- A Lithuanian man and his accomplice were jailed for life in Britain on Friday for killing and chopping up the body of a woman, whose head was found on a beach by two young children.

Vitas Plytnykas was ordered to spend at least 28 years behind bars for the horrific crime last year, said the judge in sentencing the 41-year-old, who was found guilty last month.

His accomplice Aleksandras Skirda, 20, also from Lithuania, pleaded guilty to murder last October and testified against Plytnykas during the trial at the High Court in Edinburgh. He was jailed for a minimum for 20 years.

Plytnykas suffocated fellow Lithuanian Jolanta Bledaite, 35 -- who came to Britain in search of work -- at her flat in Brechin, eastern Scotland, last March after she gave him access to her savings.

He then chopped up her body and dumped the parts in the sea. Her head and hands were later washed up on the beach at nearby Arbroath and found by two young sisters.

Investigators also found a suitcase full of body parts in a nearby harbour.

Judge Paul Cullen told Plytnykas: "Your intention all along was to murder Jolanta Bledaite and then to mutilate and dispose of her body in an attempt to cover your tracks.

"Jolanta Bledaite must have suffered a terrifying and lonely death... You have no respect for human life or decency. You may indeed never be released," he added.

Plytnykas was previously convicted of manslaughter in Germany in 2001 after stabbing a man to death near Stuttgart in a row over money, Scottish police said.

The judge told Skirda: "You played a full part in the execution of these dreadful crimes, a willing participant. I'm not persuaded that you have expressed any genuine remorse."


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