Man found guilty of manslaughter and rape of woman at Wisbech hotel


DAINOTAS DOBLYS - Credit: Archant

A MAN has today been convicted of the manslaughter of a woman he violently raped in a Wisbech hotel.

Virginija Jurkiene.

Virginija Jurkiene. - Credit: Archant

Dainotas Doblys, 48, of no fixed abode, was found guilty of manslaughter and two counts of rape following a 14-day trial at Cambridge Crown Court. He was cleared of murder.

Hare and Hounds. Wisbech.

Hare and Hounds. Wisbech. - Credit: Archant

He had met the victim, Virginija Jurkiene, 49, of Oakroyd Crescent, Wisbech, after she placed an advert in a Lithuanian magazine 'seeking a friend for a serious relationship'.

The pair arranged to meet on Friday, January 18, and spent the evening drinking before they tried to check into a hotel.

They booked into the Hare & Hounds Hotel, in North Brink, then left to buy alcohol and food from a local shop before returning to the hotel.

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At around 11.45am the following morning, Doblys told reception staff that Ms Jurkiene was dead in the room. Police and ambulance were called and Doblys was arrested.

A post-mortem examination revealed she had died from suffocation in conjunction with severe alcohol intoxication.

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Doblys told officers the first time he met Virginija was after she had placed the advert in the magazine. They had difficulty finding a hotel room, but when they did they had consensual sex.

Doblys will be sentenced at a later date.

Det Insp Richard Wall said: 'This was a particularly nasty case where the victim was subjected to an horrific sexual assault when she was semi-conscious or unconscious.

'I hope today's result brings Virginija's family some justice.

'While cases like this are extremely rare in Cambridgeshire, one case is one too many.'

During the trial, the jury heard how Ms Jurkiene was found naked in a pool of blood in a hotel room. Her body showed signs of extreme violence including internal injuries and bite marks.

The jury also heard that Ms Jurkiene was a heavy drinker. Forensic tests revealed the extent of her alcohol intake that night was the equivalent of being four-and-a-half times the legal drink-drive limit.

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