Jury rules manslaughter in airport case
A killer who stabbed and strangled a man before burying his head in remote woodland has been cleared of murder but convicted of manslaughter.
He callously dumped the body under piles of leaves near Humberside Airport after driving the victim there and attacking him, a court heard.
The savage killing was in revenge for the man supposedly being involved in stealing a satellite navigation system.
Lithuanian Aleksandras Aleksiunas, 26, of Burke Street, Scunthorpe, denied murdering chicken factory worker Arvydas Skrinkas at Cottager's Dale Woods, near Great Limber, between December 24 and January 10.
He and Lithuanian co-defendant Arundas Gervelis, 25, of Dale Street, Scunthorpe, denied falsely imprisoning Mr Skrinkas and his girlfriend, Agne Jozenaite, on December 24 and falsely imprisoning Miss Jozenaite on December 25.
The jury at Hull Crown Court retired to begin its deliberations at around 3.20pm on Monday, September 24 and returned with verdicts at around 3pm on Wednesday, September 26.
Aleksiunas was cleared of murder but convicted of manslaughter on a majority verdict of 10 to two, after deliberations totalling 10 hours and 54 minutes.
He was unanimously convicted of falsely imprisoning Mr Skrinkas and Miss Jozenaite on Christmas Eve.
But the jury was unable to reach a verdict on the other charge of falsely imprisoning Miss Jozenaite on Christmas Day.
Aleksiunas, who was wearing a white, zipped-up tracksuit top, is expected to be sentenced today (Thursday, September 27).
He wept profusely after hearing the guilty verdicts.
He had originally thanked the jury and raised his hands in a prayer motion to them after being cleared of murder, unaware that he was about to hear that he had been convicted of manslaughter.
The trial was originally listed for up to three weeks but, after a series of problems over Lithuanian interpreters, it lasted for three-and-a-half weeks.
During the trial, Aleksiunas pretended that another Lithuanian man had dragged Mr Skrinkas out of the car and taken him away to murder him in the woodland.
But prosecutor Timothy Roberts QC claimed: "You are lying and you have been caught out."
Co-defendant Gervelis was cleared of both offences of false imprisonment.
Gervelis did not give evidence in his defence.
No members of the dead man's family have attended the trial.