Abusive friend strangled woman, 30, to death in their home before hanging himself, inquires heard

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A 30-year-old woman was strangled by her abusive boyfriend, who subsequently hanged herself at their home, a judicial investigation found.

Karolina Zinkeviciene was choked on June 25 last year by a drunken Breshnev Riders, 34, at their home in Spalding, Lincolnshire.

A court hearing today learned that Riders had a history of domestic violence with three previous partners and had strangled one of his ex-girlfriends to the point where she accepted she was going to die.

Ms. Zinkeviciene, originally from Lithuania, had been warned by one of the women about Ruiters’ violent past, but had vowed, “I will change him.”

A former victim texted Ms. Zinkeviciene to say her boyfriend was an “aggressive and dangerous person,” but she decided to try to make the relationship work.

Detective Sargeant Calley Murray, of the Lincolnshire Police Department, said Ms. Zinkeviciene had messaged the woman asking if Riders had hit her.

Karolina Zinkeviciene, 30, was murdered by Breshnev Ruiters, 34, who had a history of domestic violence with three previous partners - one of whom warned Mrs. Zinkeviciene about his violence

Karolina Zinkeviciene, 30, was murdered by Breshnev Ruiters, 34, who had a history of domestic violence with three previous partners – one of whom warned Mrs. Zinkeviciene about his violence

He said, “She replied” yes, often. Beware, you can’t change him “. And Mrs. Zinkeviciene’s answer was that she would change him. ‘

The couple’s bodies were found at their home on Winsover Road, in the market town of Spalding, Lincolnshire, just after 5:30 a.m. on June 25, 2020.

They had been drinking at a barbecue the night before, and an argument was heard in their house in the early hours of the morning.

A blood sample from Ruiters’ body showed that he was nearly two and a half times the drink-driving limit.

Detective Sergeant Murray added: “Had Breshnev not committed suicide, he would have been arrested for Karolina’s murder and referred to the CPS on a murder charge.

A blood sample from Ruiters' body showed that he was nearly two and a half times the drink-driving limit.  Pictured: Breshnev Ruiters, 34

A blood sample from Ruiters' body showed that he was nearly two and a half times the drink-driving limit.  Pictured: Breshnev Ruiters, 34

A blood sample from Ruiters’ body showed that he was nearly two and a half times the drink-driving limit. Pictured: Breshnev Ruiters, 34

Karolina Zinkeviciene is depicted with friend Breshnev Ruiters, who strangled her to death

Karolina Zinkeviciene is depicted with friend Breshnev Ruiters, who strangled her to death

Karolina Zinkeviciene is depicted with friend Breshnev Ruiters, who strangled her to death

During the hearing it was told that no reports of domestic violence had been received by the police by Ms Zinkeviciene

During the hearing it was told that no reports of domestic violence had been received by the police by Ms Zinkeviciene

It was heard she had been warned by one of Ruiters' ex-girlfriends that he had been violent in the past

It was heard she had been warned by one of Ruiters' ex-girlfriends that he had been violent in the past

During the hearing, it was reported that no reports of domestic violence had been received by the police by Ms. Zinkeviciene. She heard that one of Ruiters’ ex-girlfriends had warned her about his violence

‘There is no evidence of third party involvement.

“It is concluded that Breshnev killed Karolina by manual strangulation before hanging himself.”

The inquest revealed that Ruiters received a police warning after he seized his then partner in 2007.

Originally from South Africa, Ruiters began a seven-year ‘toxic’ relationship with the mother of his two children in 2010.

In court, he admitted to attacking her three times and was given 18 months’ parole.

In March 2017, he threatened to kill himself with a knife in front of another partner.

The couple's bodies were found at their home on Winsover Road (pictured), in the market town of Spalding, Lincolnshire, just after 5:30 a.m. on June 25 last year.

The couple's bodies were found at their home on Winsover Road (pictured), in the market town of Spalding, Lincolnshire, just after 5:30 a.m. on June 25 last year.

The couple’s bodies were found at their home on Winsover Road (pictured), in the market town of Spalding, Lincolnshire, just after 5:30 a.m. on June 25 last year.

Police on the scene on Winsover Road, in Spalding, Lincolnshire.  June 25, 2020

Police on the scene on Winsover Road, in Spalding, Lincolnshire.  June 25, 2020

Police on the scene on Winsover Road, in Spalding, Lincolnshire. June 25, 2020

Detective Sergeant Murray added, “A year later, he strangled her to the point that she thought she was going to die.”

The victim withdrew her complaint to the police because she feared Ruiters would kill her.

But the prosecution continued, and he was checked for electronic tagging. His behavior improved and the victim allowed him to stay with her.

Later, he put a knife under her chin and she panicked into a neighbor’s car.

During the hearing, it was reported that no reports of domestic violence had been received by the police by Ms. Zinkeviciene.

Post mortars showed bruises on both bodies, some of which were caused by a rod-like object that the police had been unable to locate.

Lincolnshire Coroner Paul Cooper concluded that Mrs. Zinkevicine’s “tragic” death was an unlawful murder and that Equestrian was suicide.

He said, ‘While he was drunk, he put his hands around Karolina’s throat and strangled her to death.

She died a tragic death. After witnessing Karolina’s death, he then took his own life. ‘

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