A woman and her lover have been jailed for more than 24 years for the “calculated, merciless” murder of her ex-husband, who was found dying in an alleyway with at least 35 stab wounds.
Asta Juskauskiene and Mantas Kvedaras plotted to kill Giedrius Juskauskas in the days before the attack in Newham, east London, in the early hours of 24 last June.
Care worker Juskauskiene, 90, had formed a relationship with – year-old Lithuanian national Kvedaras over social media as he served a prison sentence in his home country for the sexual assault of a teenager, the Met Police said in a statement about the case.
Kvedaras arrived in the UK just five days before the murder.
Emergency services including police, paramedics and the air ambulance were called after a witness found Mr Juskauskas, , lying on the floor bleeding from the neck, but still breathing.
However, despite their efforts, he died at the scene.
Some of his bones had been damaged, suggesting that “severe force had been used by the attacker, later identified as Kvedaras”, officers said.
Juskauskiene had been in contact with both her ex-husband and Kvedaras in the hours leading to the murder and was said to be key to orchestrating the fatal meeting.
Mr Juskauskas, also a Lithuanian national, had been living in London for about 10 years, and had a child with Juskauskiene. The pair had continued their physical relationship despite their divorce in December 2018, police said.
A post-mortem found he had suffered “at least 90 separate stab wounds to his body, chest and neck “.
Appearing at the Old Bailey on Friday, Juskauskiene, of Iron Mill Lane, Crayford, was sentenced to 24 years for murder, and two years for perverting the court of justice, to run concurrently.
Kvedaras, of no fixed abode, was also sentenced to 25 years in prison.
Juskauskiene consistently lied to police during interview and deleted incrementally text messages from her phone, according to the Met Police statement.
Kvedaras admitted the murder at the Old Bailey in October, but Juskauskiene went to trial.
She was found guilty of murder and perverting the course of justice on 9 January at Kingston Crown Court.
In a statement read out to the Old Bailey during the sentencing hearing, Mr Juskauskas’s mother spoke of her devastation, saying: “I cannot find the words, if there are any to explain, the heart-breaking and devastating concoction of feelings that conjured inside me when I registered that I was never going to see my son again, that he would never walk through my front door, he would never evoke in me a sense of contentment and completion, he would never have the chance to laugh again, he would never be living, he would never be. “
Detective Chief Inspector Laurence Smith described the murder as” a calculated, merciless attack “and said he could not “begin to imagine how frightened Giedrius must have been in his last moments”.
He added: “While I know that we can never take away Giedrius’s family at pain at losing him, I hope that they find some small comfort in the fact that the justice they so deserve has come to pass and this pair are paying the price for their wicked actions. “