Five jailed for Boston killing

|News, Violent crime

Five men have been convicted and sentenced for their involvement in the death of Alberts Volkausks in Lincolnshire.

Mindaugas Cerneckas, Donatos Dektarovas, Andrius Barauskas, Tautvydas Vainolavicius and Pavel Grunt-Mejer all took part in a planned revenge attack on Mr Volkausks in a house in Boston in September 2017.

The CPS presented evidence that Mr Volkausks was lured him to the house by a phonecall, following an altercation the night before. The defendants attacked him when he arrived, punching and kicking him and using a metal weight-lifting bar on him. They bound and gagged him with tape and left him for dead on the floor. He died from his injuries in hospital the following day.

The defendants were convicted by a jury on Thursday 9 August and sentenced the following day. Cerneckas, Dektarovas and Barauskas were all sentenced to life imprisonment, each with a minimum term of 20 years. Grunt-Mejer was jailed for 14 years and Vainolavicius was imprisoned for 12 years.

Andrew Baxter, from the CPS, said:

“Alberts Volkausks lost his life in a severe and sustained attack. It was a complex case to prosecute.

“In presenting the case we provided evidence to show who was present when the attack occurred and also used forensic evidence to demonstrate how each defendant was involved. We were also able to show the level of planning that Cerneckas, Barauskas and Dektarovas put in to lure Mr Volkausks to the house. We proved that they intended to cause him at least really serious harm and that they are therefore guilty of murder.

“The jury has accepted that Grunt-Mejer and Vainolavicius were partly responsible for Mr Volkausks’s death, but were not part of the plan and the intent to harm him. I would like to express my sincere sympathy to all those close to Mr Volkausks.”

Two further defendants, Marius Tomasevic and Denis Kijakovskij, were acquitted by the jury.

Notes to editors

  • Andrew Baxter is a deputy chief crown prosecutor at CPS East Midlands

Further Background:

  • Four of the defendants were living in the house where the attack took place. Andrius Barauskas was staying at the house temporarily. In the early hours of the 23 September, Mr Volkausks had visited the house and was involved in a violent altercation. The prosecution case was that this was the motive for the attack on him.
  • Shortly after the attack, some of the defendants were overheard talking about it outside. The police were called and found four of the five defendants in the house, along with Mr Volkausks, still alive at that point but seriously injured.

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