Aleksandras Aleksiunas guilty of sat-nav theft row manslaughter

A man who stabbed and strangled another man in a row over a stolen sat-nav unit has been convicted of manslaughter.

But Aleksandras Aleksiunas, 26, of Burke Street, Scunthorpe, was found not guilty of murdering Arvidas Skrinskas by the Hull Crown Court jury.

Mr Skrinskas, 25, from Scunthorpe, was stabbed and strangled and buried in a shallow grave close to Humberside Airport on Christmas Eve 2011.

Aleksiunas was also found guilty of false imprisonment.

'Extremely obsessed'

Earlier, Arundas Grevelis, 24, also from Scunthorpe, was cleared of falsely imprisoning Mr Skrinkas and the dead man's girlfriend, Agne Jozenaite.

Hull Crown Court heard Aleksiunas had accused Mr Skrinkas and his girlfriend of stealing the sat-nav during a car journey weeks earlier.

Timothy Roberts QC, prosecuting, told the court Aleksiunas became "extremely obsessed" by the idea someone had stolen the device and "took the law into his own hands".

Mr Roberts said that on Christmas Eve Aleksiunas confronted the couple and asked them to get in a car which he then drove around Scunthorpe.

When Ms Jozenaite was taken home to change her clothes, she returned to the car only for it to speed off with Mr Skrinskas still inside, Mr Roberts said.

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

The body was found by police on 10 January.

Aleksiunas will be sentenced on Thursday.

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