Cambridgeshire

Peterborough suitcase torso: Man charged with murder

Ramute Butkiene Image copyright Cambridgeshire Police
Image caption The body of Ramute Butkiene was found in a suitcase in a house in Peterborough on 5 June

A man has been charged with murder following the discovery of a woman's torso inside a suitcase.

Vytautas Jokubauskas, 57, of Mayor's Walk in Peterborough has been charged with murdering Ramute Butkiene.

The body of Ms Butkiene, 42, who was formally indentified earlier, was found with no arms, legs or head at a house in Mayor's Walk last Friday.

Mr Jokubauskas will appear at Huntingdon Magistrates' Court on Thursday.

Mother-of-one Ms Butkiene was an agency worker in the city, Cambridgeshire Police said.

Officers said "some body parts" had been found and searches were continuing.

The torso was found after other tenants in the shared house reported a "pungent smell" and called police.

A post-mortem examination failed to establish how Ms Butkiene died.

Ms Butkiene's family members in Peterborough and Lithuania have been informed, a police spokesman said.

The murder is being treated as an isolated incident and a dedicated team has been set up to investigate.

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Image caption Police continue searching for body parts
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Image caption Officers searched undergrowth behind a toy shop on Monday

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