Arvidas Skrinskas murder accused blames another man

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A man accused of murdering another man in a row over a stolen sat-nav has told a jury that he saw someone else carry out the killing.

Arvidas Skrinskas, 25, from Scunthorpe, was stabbed and strangled and then buried in a shallow grave on Christmas Eve, Hull Crown Court has heard.

Aleksandras Aleksiunas, 26, said his ex-girlfriend's brother, Ernestas Rimkevicius, carried out the stabbing.

Mr Aleksiunas, of Scunthorpe, denies murder and false imprisonment.

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I felt guilty because I took the knife and that is what happened”

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Arundas Gervelis, 24, of Dale Street, Scunthorpe, also denies false imprisonment.

Mr Aleksiunas, of Burke Street, told the jury Mr Rimkevicius, who is also known as Sernas, carried out the murder after accusing Mr Skrinskas of stealing a £65 sat-nav.

He said he was in a car with Mr Rimkevicius when he stabbed the victim and he felt ashamed because he had supplied the murder weapon.

'Extremely obsessed'

Giving evidence, he said: "At first he was trying to scare him, by pretending to stab him.

"I did not see how many times. I saw the blood."

He added: "I felt guilty because I took the knife and that is what happened."

The prosecution claims Mr Aleksiunas believed Mr Skrinskas and his girlfriend Agne Jozenaite had stolen the sat-nav on a journey together to Gainsborough early in December 2011.

The court heard how Mr Aleksiunas became "extremely obsessed" by the idea that someone had stolen the device and he "took the law into his own hands".

The court has heard Mr Skrinskas was killed at about lunchtime and his body was dumped in a shallow grave and covered with leaves in woodland close to Humberside Airport.

The body was found by police on 10 January.

The trial continues.

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