Man sentenced for brutal rape of woman who died from suffocation and alcohol intoxication at Wisbech hotel

Dainotas Doblys, who has been jailed for 16 years for the rape and manslaughter of Virginija Jurkien

Dainotas Doblys, who has been jailed for 16 years for the rape and manslaughter of Virginija Jurkiene. - Credit: Archant

A man has been jailed for 16 years for 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 sentenced today at Cambridge Crown Court.

He was found guilty of manslaughter and two counts of rape after a 14-day trial in June, during which he was cleared of murder.

The court heard 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.

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

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.

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

Doblys told officers the first time he met Ms Jurkiene 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.

He was jailed for 16 years with a four year extension on release.

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

'I hope this result will provide Virginija's family with some comfort that justice has been done and my thoughts remain with them at this time.

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

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