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A woman in the England who was supposedly ensnared in a bitter love triangle is accused of conspiring to facilitate a “medieval”-style duel to the death between two men quarreling over her.
Authorities said Asta Juskauskiene consented to the fatal brawl that broke out in the streets of East London earlier this summer, leaving her former husband Giedruis Juskauskas, 42, dead, according to the Washington Post. The 35-year-old care worker is on trial this week in the United Kingdom.
Police said Juskauskas, who had sustained wounds to his chest, neck, and shoulders, had been stabbed 35 times by his ex-wife’s new lover, Mantas Kvedara. He was found bleeding to death in a brick alleyway in the London neighborhood of Stratford in June.
The man had been married to Juskauskienem, according to officials, but the pair had separated. However, the former couple, who reportedly had 5-year-old daughter together, were still sexually involved when Juskauskiene met Kvedara, who was serving time in a Lithuianian prison. The two began corresponding online, and following his release — and a tryst in Sweden — the 25-year-old man moved to London, setting the stage for the bloody duel.
Prosecutor Hugh Davies described their relationship as “obviously sexual,” the Telegraph reported.
Despite Kvedaras allegedly confessing to the killing, prosecutors painted Juskauskiene as the architect of the deadly melee. They described her as a “manipulative and controlling figure” who pressured the two men to carry out the brutal clash.
“In their different ways each man felt that they had claims over Asta Juskauskiene,” Davies told the court, according to the Telegraph. “The situation was inevitably going to come to a head.”
The lethal street combat allegedly unfolded days after Kvedaras touch down in the U.K. Prosecutors said the two men had been communicating on their phones leading up to the fatal confrontation.
“This was not a fistfight that escalated: it was a murderous assault with a single bladed knife with death as the inevitable outcome,” Davies said.
Following her ex-husband’s slaying, Juskauskiene took her new lover in, supposedly deleted possibly incriminating text messages, and misled investigators, according to prosecutors.
The woman’s criminal defense team hasn’t yet delivered a public statement on the case, the Post reported.
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