Thursday 30 March 2017

Convicted rapist strangled neighbour during sex attack, court hears

Shenai Raif

AN IRISH convicted rapist strangled a neighbour during a sex attack and then told police he had seen "two black men" carrying her body, the Old Bailey heard.

James Citro, who changed his name from Kennedy, was not arrested for 12 years.



When police arrested him in July last year for drink-driving, his DNA was taken and matched to the October 1998 murder, jurors were told.



Citro, 54, of Abbots Close, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, denies murdering Nijole Siskeviciene.



But he has pleaded guilty to two offences of perverting justice in relation to two anonymous letters written to police after the killing.



Philip Bennetts QC, prosecuting, said Miss Siskeviciene, 44, was strangled with a ligature and her body propped up in a sitting position outside garages at the back of her home.



"She had been the subject of a sexual attack," said Mr Bennetts.



Citro lived in another house in Lancelot Road, Wembley, north London. During house-to-house inquiries, he told police he did not know her.



A week later, two letters were sent to police. One said "two dark men" were seen with the body. The other claimed to be from an elderly person and said: "A girl was carried out from a house by two black men."



Mr Bennetts said Citro was convicted of two rapes in Ireland in 1979 in which the victims were held or throttled around the neck.



The trial was adjourned to tomorrow.

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