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Gainsborough murder trial: Accused visited victim at his home the night before he died

Ivans Zdanovics

Ivans Zdanovics

Two men accused of murdering a Gainsborough man visited him at his home the night before he was found dead, a jury was told.

Martynas Kupstys, 25, of Aegir Close, Gainsborough, and Andrus Giedraitis, 29, of Riseholme Road, Gainsborough, each deny murdering Ivans Zdanovics following the discovery of his body on the morning of 17th January this year.

Sandra Kupstiene, 28, who is the wife of Mr Kupstys, is also on trial alongside the two men and denies a charge of perverting the course of justice.

The murder trial jury at Lincoln Crown Court heard that Mr Zdanovics, 24, was killed by smoke and discovered in an upstairs bedroom at his house in Etherington Street.

The remains of a burnt out fire were discovered downstairs.

The jury heard all three defendants spent most of the evening before the alleged murder at the home of Mr Giedraitis and his partner, Aista Solagubovaite.

Giving evidence Miss Solagubovaite said all three defendants had been celebrating her birthday but left the party to go and get some more drink after 10.30pm.

Miss Solagubovaite was asked if her partner came back and replied: “No, Andrus came back home later drunk.”

The jury was told Kupstiene became split up from the two men and rang Miss Solagubovaite several times as she tried to find them.

“I was talking to Sandra while she was walking so she didn’t get bored, and that she was going to meet them and bring them home,” Miss Solagubovaite said.

Miss Solagubovaite told the jury she later received another call from Sandra in which she explained she had found the two men.

“She called and said she had found them and said ‘we are at Ivans. We are just finishing drinking and going to go home,’“ Miss Solagubovaite added.

Miss Solagubovaite said she had a brief conversation with her husband when he returned home “very drunk”.

She said: “He said ‘Oh my God, Aista, I can’t believe what Martynas did.’”

Miss Solagubovaite told the jury she did not want to listen and went to sleep in another room.

Under cross examination Miss Solagubovaite admitted that she failed to mention the conversation with her partner during her first two accounts to the police.

Kupstys, 25, of Aegir Close, Gainsborough, and Giedraitis, 29, of Riseholme Road, Gainsborough, each deny murdering Mr Zdanovics between 15th and 18th January this year.

Sandra Kupstiene, 28, also of Aegir Close, Gainsborough, denies perverting the course of justice.

The trial continues. It is expected to last four weeks.

 

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