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Tottenham woman jailed for killing partner

Tadas Sabaitas
Image caption The judge said it was Turauskaite's intention to kill Mr Sabaitas

A 20-year-old woman has been jailed for life for killing her boyfriend with a knife through his heart.

Tadas Sabaitas, 22, a supermarket worker from Tottenham, north London, was killed by fellow Lithuanian Ruta Turauskaite last April.

The Old Bailey heard Turauskaite had been drinking heavily and had sex with Mr Sabaitas's best friend earlier in the evening.

She must serve a minimum of 21 years in jail.

Sam Stein QC, defending, said the killer had recently had an abortion she did not want.

On the day of the murder the pair had argued forcefully.

Turauskaite threatened to kill her boyfriend and took knives from the kitchen of their home, the court heard.

The court heard that later that evening they argued again and Mr Sabaitas was stabbed to death.

Judge Paul Worsley told her: "It is clear you intended to kill Tadas. You took revenge on him as you had earlier threatened to do."

Mr Sabaitas's mother Daiva said: "I will never understand why she carried out this cruel act."

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