Friday 15 November 2019

Murder accused 'threatened to kill children', court told

A WOMAN has told a murder trial that the accused threatened to kill children after fatally stabbing her cousin.

Viktorija Kybartaite said that the defendant made the threat after she begged him to stop stabbing the deceased and said she would call the gardai.

 

She was giving evidence in the trial of a 32-year-old man, who is charged with murdering a young father at his Tipperary home on St Stephen’s Day, 2008.

 

Egidijus Kiaulakis of Coille Bheithe, Nenagh has pleaded not guilty to murdering 29-year-old Gintaras Brazauskas at Summerhill in the town.

 

He has also pleaded not guilty to assault causing harm to Ms Kybartaite partner, Robertas Sujetovas, on the same occasion.

 

Ms Kybartaite told the Central Criminal Court that she, the deceased and their partners were all from the same town in Lithuania. They had found flats in the same house in Summerhill and each couple had a child.

 

She said two other friends from that town joined them for Christmas. She said there were now three children present for the celebrations, which included midnight Mass, a barbecue by Lough Derg and dinner.

 

She said that the defendant arrived around midnight on Christmas night. She knew him to see as a fellow Lithuanian and he joined the men drinking vodka.

 

She said her cousin’s partner asked him to leave many times and he eventually left after about 20 minutes.

 

She testified that as she made her way to a car to drive him home, she saw a ‘bottle flying’ and one of her male friends fighting with the accused. She said the two men had already been arguing in the apartment.

 

She said that the accused left and the deceased went to bed.

 

“I feel something going to happen, that it’s not end,” she said.

 

She said that the accused later returned with another man, whom she also knew to see.

 

She said that she and her cousin followed the accused downstairs and that Mr Kiaulakis stabbed him two or three times.

 

“The first stab, Gintaras was standing and the second and third stab, he was already on the ground,” she said. “I begged him to don’t do anymore.”

 

She said she kept saying that she was going to ring the gardai.

 

“You’ll be arrested. There are kids here,” she told the accused, she said.

 

She said the accused was still holding the knife when he replied: “If you’re going to ring garda, today I won’t kill women, I’m going to kill kids.”

 

Pádraig Dwyer SC, defending, suggested to her that his client had not said that, but she insisted that he had.

 

She became emotional when trying to explain differences between her evidence and a statement she gave on the day her cousin died.

 

“I can’t explain how I was. I was in shock,” she sobbed. “I was afraid. I worried about my child.”

 

The trial has already heard that Mr Kiaulakis admitted to Gardaí that he killed the deceased, but claimed he had done so in self-defence.

 

The trial continues before Mr Justice Paul Carney and a jury of eight men and four women.

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