Murdered mum was ‘stamped’ to death

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A LITHUANIAN man has gone on trial accused of ‘’stamping’’ a mother-of-two to death.

Tomas Acas (26) is charged with murdering Jolanta Dumciuviene (38), at her home in Wisbech, on May 7.

Acas, Mrs Dumcuiviene’s neighbour in Milner Road, denies murdering her and hiding her body under a mattress.

Cambridge Crown Court heard the mother-of-two, also from Lithuania, died after suffering “severe trauma” to the chest consistent with being stamped on.

A jury of six men and six women heard she had been living next door to Acas while working with him at the Del Monte factory.

David Matthew, prosecuting, told the court that Mrs Dumcuiviene attended a barbecue at Acas’ home on the evening of May 4 after which she disappeared.

Mr Matthew told the court that her body was discovered in her bedroom on May 7 wedged between two mattresses and covered in blood.

He said: “The pathologist concluded that the cause of death was severe trauma to the chest, multiple rib fractures, and bleeding in the chest cavity.

“He told that these could have been caused by someone stamping on her body.

“The stamping, if that’s what it was, was severe enough to cause lacerations or tears to her liver. There is a complete absence of defence marks.”

He told the court that her body was discovered by residents of the property when they investigated her room on May 7 after noticing an unpleasant smell.

Mr Matthew said that there was a pool of blood on the floor but not on the bed where she was discovered between two mattresses and covered by a pile of clothes.

He added: “What is noticeable is that there was no such pool of blood where she was found. Someone had moved her.

“One explanation is that she had been covered up to prevent her being seen in a cursory examination through the window.”

Mr Matthew told the court that a fingerprint from Acas was found on the bottom left hand pane of Mrs Dumciuviene’s bedroom window.

The prosecution claim that his blood was found on her bedsheets and a flip-flop stained with her blood was found in Acas’ bedroom.

The court heard Mrs Dumciuviene had moved to England two years ago to send money back to her husband and children in Lithuania.

The court heard on Friday that Acas told friends she was pregnant.

Acas spoke to Ingrida Batakiene by phone after she had received a “strange” text message from Mrs Dumciuviene which said: “I will come back on Sunday.”

During their conversation, she said Acas asked her about the Lithuanian’s whereabouts and revealed she was expecting a child.

“I didn’t believe this but he assured me it was true,” Ms Batakiene told the court.

Ms Batakiene said the last time she saw the victim was when they worked together at the Del Monte canning factory, in Wisbech, on Monday, May 3.

She received a call from Mrs Dumciuviene the next day to invite her to a barbecue being held by Acas and his girlfriend in Milner Road.

They were not due to meet again until Friday but Ms Batakiene called her colleague up to 10 times after she received a confusing text message at 7am on Thursday, May 6.

When Ms Batakiene spoke to Acas at 12.15pm the same day, he reportedly told her he had been ill and had gone round to Mrs Dumciuviene’s address to ask for a thermometer but could not find her.

Mrs Dumciuviene was due for work on Friday, May 7 but did not show, prompting Ms Batakiene to go round to her home to see where she was.

“We walked round to the window and called ‘Jolanta, Jolanta’, but no one answered,” she said.

She later heard her friend and colleague was dead.

Mr Matthew says evidence suggests Mrs Dumciuviene was killed on Tuesday, May 4.

The court was also shown CCTV footage of Acas in Wisbech town centre on Tuesday, May 4.

Police say the defendant tried to make a cash machine withdrawal at 7.51pm that day using Mrs Dumciuviene’s bank card.

The trial continues.