Jury shown photographs of dead woman in Wisbech hotel room in murder trial

Hare & Hounds Hotel, Wisbech.

Hare & Hounds Hotel, Wisbech. - Credit: Archant

PHOTOGRAPHS of a dead Wisbech woman laying face down and covered in a duvet were shown to a jury today at Cambridge Crown Court.

The jury also saw pictures of blood-stained bedding and a blood-soaked carpet.

It is alleged that Virginja Jurkiene was murdered and raped by Dainotas Doblys at the Hare & Hounds Hotel, in Wisbech, in January.

Doblys, 49, of Boston, is facing his second week of trial. He has denied murder, two allegations of rape and attempted rape.

On photos shown on a screen in the courtroom, the jury could see that Room 2 at the Hare & Hounds contained three beds.

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The prostrate body of Ms Jurkiene was discovered laying on the floor between two beds covered in a white duvet.

Her bra was discovered on the floor at the side of a cabinet and her tights and knickers were by her body. Her coat and cardigan were found on a single bed in the room.

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Det Con Steven Barrable explained the photos to the jury.

Blood marks were found on a single bed and on a light switch and pictures of a blood-stained pillow were shown to the jury.

A brown duvet found at the side of Ms Jurkiene’s body had a large patch of blood on it.

After Ms Jurkiene’s body was removed from the scene, it was discovered that blood had soaked through the carpet to the floor below.

Forensic dentist Dr Alfred Martin told the jury that one of Ms Jurkiene’s false teeth was probably broken at the time of the incident.

Looking at photographs of bruising on her buttocks, he said one bruise was a possible bite mark and could have been made through an article of clothing.

Earlier in the trial, the jury heard how Ms Jurkiene was found naked in a pool of blood at the hotel on January 19 and her body showed signs of extreme violence including internal injuries and bite marks.

A post-mortem examination showed she had been asphyxiated.

Ms Jurkiene met Doblys through a Lithuanian lonely hearts column. She was a heavy drinker and was four-and-a-half times over the legal drink-driving limit when she died.

The trial continues.

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