Great Yarmouth stairwell murder: Two jailed for tattoo row killing

Paulius Jakovlevas Image copyright Norfolk Police
Image caption Paulius Jakovlevas' body was discovered in the town's Wellesley Road

Two men found guilty of killing a 38-year-old factory worker in a row over a tattoo have been jailed for life.

The body of Paulius Jakovlevas, from Lithuania, was found dumped in a stairwell at flats in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, last year.

Norwich Crown Court heard he was killed while drinking in one of the flats.

Kestutis Sliogeris, 40, of Cromwell Road, Peterborough, must serve 17-and-a-half years, and Mantas Staponka, 24, for 16 before parole is considered.

They were found guilty on Thursday of murdering Mr Jakovlevas at the flats on Wellesley Road on 11 November 2013.

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Image caption Kestutis Sliogeris, 40, lived in Cromwell Road in Peterborough

Neighbours found Mr Jakovlevas's body and a post-mortem examination later revealed he had died from severe head injuries.

Police found carrier bags of blood-stained items and a letter belonging to Sliogeris in bins outside the flats.

Sliogeris was charged shortly after the murder. Staponka fled to Lithuania and was extradited to the UK.

Forensic evidence linked them both to the killing.

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Image caption Mantas Staponka fled to Lithuania after the killing

Saidas Janulevicius, 35, of no fixed address, and Algirdas Pocius, 47, from Great Yarmouth, were found not guilty.

Det Ch Insp Andy Guy said: "The senseless attack on Paulius appears to be as a result of an alcohol-fuelled argument over a tattoo."

Mr Jakovlevas had gone to the flat in Wellesley Road to drink with friends and a fight broke out.

A pathologist found he had been stamped on, kicked and punched resulting in serious head injuries, 12 broken ribs, eye socket fractures and a broken nose.

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