3:48pm Tuesday 19th October 2010
By Elizabeth Pears
A TWO-TIMING girlfriend who stabbed her boyfriend in the heart just hours after sleeping with his best friend has been found guilty of murder.
Jurors at the Old Bailey heard how Lithuanian national Ruta Turauskaite, 20, stabbed her boyfriend Tadas Sabaitas, 22, of Kessock Close, in the heart following a bitter row outside her lover's flat on April 4.
After finding his best friend injured, the young man immediately called emergency services and told the Old Bailey that Miss Turauskaite begged him to tell the operator that her boyfriend had been stabbed by a passer-by.
A transcript of the call read out in court helped to corroborate her lover's story.
Detective Inspector Charles King of the Homicide & Serious Crime Command said: "Ruta Turauskaite killed Tadas Sabaitis on Easter Sunday with a single stab would to the heart.
"The prosecution case has always been that she, in an emotionally charged state, armed herself with a knife and set off to find him and stab him.
"During the evening she was disarmed. However after a night of arguing and fighting with Tadas, her boyfriend, she obtained another knife and within minutes Tadas was dead.
"While the exact details of those final moments are known only to Ruta Turauskaite, she continually lied about the incident and I am pleased that the jury saw through those lies and convicted her.
"Turauskaite's actions robbed a young man of his life and devastated his loving family and friends. I would like to thank them, in particular his mother Daiva, for their dignity throughout the investigation and trial, and for placing their confidence in the investigation and prosecution team."
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