Asta Juskauskiene (photo) arranged a deadly ‘medieval duel’ between her ex-husband and her lover to see which of her two admirers would win her hand
The moment a mother of four said goodbye to her lover when she sent him on the bus to kill her ex-husband, it was revealed in horrifying CCTV images.
Asta Juskauskiene, 35, arranged a ‘medieval duel’ to death to see which of her two admirers would win her hand and has since been imprisoned for life.
She left her husband Giedruis Juskauskas for Mantas Kvedaras, after meeting the 25-year-old online after his release from a Lithuanian prison for rape.
The caregiver ended the relationship with Mr. Juskauskas, 42, who continued to provide financial support to their daughter.
But both men claimed Juskauskiene as theirs and decided to settle the argument with a fight to death in an alley in Stratford, East London.
Kvedaras stabbed his love rival 35 times on the body and neck on June 17 last year and then bought Juskauskienea pizza to celebrate.
The CCTV footage shows how Mantas Kvedaras waves goodbye to Asta Juskauskiene from a bus just before the murder. The murder weapon – a knife – was found in a waste bin.
Cooling CCTV footage shows Mantas Kvedaras waving goodbye to Asta Juskauskiene from a bus just before the murder
Juskauskiene’s ex-husband Giedruis Juskauskas, 42 (left), was stabbed 35 times by her lover Mantas Kvedaras, 25 (right), when they met in Stratford, East London, on July last year
Juskauskiene had been warned that Kvedaras was dangerous, but said: “I think I’ll play until I get in trouble. I probably like the risks, dangers. “
She was convicted of conspiracy to murder and disrupt the trial after a five-week trial at the Kingston Crown Court.
Juskauskiene stood expressionless in the dock when Judge Peter Lodder imprisoned her for life with a minimum period of 24 years
Kvederas was sentenced to life with a minimum of 22 and a half years for murder.
The murder weapon – a knife – was found in a waste bin. Kvedaras put his love rival 35 times on the body and neck on June 17 last year
Juskauskiene still had a physical relationship with her ex-husband despite their divorce in December 2018 when her beloved Kvedaras flew to stay in her house in East London.
Both men claimed her as theirs, so she decided to settle the fight with death to death in an alley in Stratford – a duel she carefully arranged while taking care of her children at home, the youngest of whom shared with Mr. Juskauskas.
Kvedaras, who admitted murder, stabbed his love rival 35 times into his body, chest and neck on June 17 last year, causing Mr. Juskauskas to bleed to death on the spot.
But both men claimed Juskauskiene (pictured with Mantas in a store before leaving on the bus) as their own and decided to settle the argument with a fight to death in an alley in Stratford, East London
Juskauskiene (photo) was imprisoned yesterday with a minimum period of 24 years for arranging the fight to the death between her two male admirers
Judge Peter Lodder, QC, condemned her today at Kingston Crown Court: “You deliberately and cynically lured Juskauskas into a dark alley where you, Mantas, butchered this drunk and defenseless man just after midnight.
“The speed and the surprise of your brutal knife attack were so great that he had sustained 35 individual injuries to his neck, head, arms and body, unlike you, Mantas ran away without a sign.
“The force you used was large enough that he sustained many wounds deep enough to cut through the bone, and one went through his neck. He bled to death in just a few minutes.
“That he was taken by surprise is clearly demonstrated by the circumstances of this attack.
“Mr. Juskauskas had been Asta’s third husband and was the father of her five-year-old daughter.
“But the two of you considered him an unwanted irritation of your relationship, so you decided to get rid of him.
Juskauskiene (photo) had denied the charge but was found guilty at the Kingston Crown Court
Kvedaras (photo) had started a relationship with Juskauskiene after his release from prison in Lithuania
“It was your joint plan that he be seen as the victim of a drug deal that went wrong, and you carefully planned it in the belief that the police could not follow this attack back to you.”
Earlier, Hugh Davies had told the court that Juskauskiene had discussed the purpose of the fatal meeting with her friend Jurgita Sulciene.
“That goal was for the men to resolve the issue of the suspect by force – in fact, a contemporary medieval duel.”
Kvedaras started a relationship with Juskauskiene after his release from prison in Lithuania.
“Giedrius, however, was still present,” said Davies. “He regularly visited the address to see his daughter.
“He didn’t want the divorce. He offered financial support to his daughter and maintained a sexual relationship with the suspect.
“In their different ways, every man felt he had claims about Asta Juskauskiene. The situation would inevitably come to a head.
Mantas Kvedaras (circled) en route to the location in Stratford, East London, where the ‘duel’ took place
Juskauskas was found dead to several stab wounds in this job in Stratford, East London
“It came to a head in Whalebone Lane that Monday morning.
“Giedrius and Mantas had apparently met there by appointment rather than by accident: neither of them were near where they lived, and telephone reports show that there was repeated communication between them during the day of Sunday, June 16 while they were from different locations traveled to the scene.
“Juskauskiene is a manipulating and controlling figure who is central to the orchestration of these events.
“She knew in advance that Mantas Kvederas was planning to use serious violence and at least caused serious damage to Giedrius, and she encouraged it, helped it and planned to do so.
“Juskauskiene then actively helped Mantas to remove his important documents from her house.
“She cherished him in her house after the murder, she selectively removed text messages from her cell phones before they were seized by the police, and she lied repeatedly in an interview.
Mr. Juskauskas was found with stab wounds on the body and neck, probably from a single knife, with only 11 wounds on the neck.
The case is being dealt with at Kingston Crown Court in South West London (file photo)
Juskauskiene, an aid worker, from Iron Mill Lane, Dartford, Kent, was convicted at a previous hearing for conspiracy to murder and disrupt justice.
She was sentenced to two years for being able to serve the falsehood of justice at the same time.
Kvedaras, without a fixed address, admitted murder.