Woman Faces Jail Time For Life After Lover Kills Her Ex-Husband In An Alleged Duel
On 13th February 2020
Asta Juskauskiene, 35, of Dartford, Kent, divorced her husband Giedruis Juskauskas and was seeing 25-year-old former prisoner Mantas Kvedras. The woman decided to settle the dispute that which man would win her hand by arranging a deadly alleyway fight between the two.
A divorced mother who allegedly arranged a 'medieval dual' between her ex-husband and lover to see which one will win her hand is now facing life behind bars. Asta Juskauskiene, 35, left her husband Giedruis Juskauskas, when she started seeing Mantas Kvedaras, after meeting the 25-year-old online following his release from prison in Lithuania.
Juskauskas was still in a physical relationship with his ex-wife despite their divorce in December 2018. While the alleged lover flew to the UK just five days before the murder to stay at Juskauskiene's east London home.
Both the men claimed her to be their lover. So to settle the dispute, Juskauskiene arranged a meticulously planned dual in an alleyway in Stratford. While she herself stayed at home to look after the kids.
Kvedaras, who admitted to the murder allegedly stabbed Juskauskas 35 times in the chest and left him bleeding to death in an alleyway. Juskauskiene had conspired the murder of her ex-husband but she was convicted for her crime following a five-week trial at Kingston Crown Court.
Judge Peter Lodder QC, said he will sentence Juskauskiene and Kvedaras together next month.
Hugh Davies, prosecuting, had told the court that Juskauskiene had discussed the purpose of the fatal meeting with her friend Jurgita Sulciene.
'That purpose was for the men to settle the issue in relation to the defendant with violence - in effect a latter-day medieval duel.'
Kvedaras had begun a relationship with Juskauskiene following his release from prison in Lithuania.
'Giedrius was however still on the scene,' said Mr Davies. 'He regularly visited the address to see his daughter.
'He had not wanted the divorce. He was providing financial support for his daughter and maintaining a sexual relationship with the defendant.
'In their different ways each man felt that they had claims over Asta Juskauskiene. The situation was inevitably going to come to a head.
'It did come to a head in Whalebone Lane on that Monday morning.
'Giedrius Juskauskias and Mantas Kvedaras had obviously met there by arrangement rather than by chance: neither was anywhere near where they lived, and telephone records demonstrate there was repeated communication between them during the day of Sunday 16 June as they travelled from different locations to the scene.
'Juskauskiene is a manipulative and controlling figure central to the orchestration of these events.
‘She knew in advance that Mantas Kvederas was intending to use serious violence and cause at least serious harm to Giedrius and she encouraged, assisted and intended to do this.
‘Juskauskiene then actively assisted Mantas in removing his important documents from her house.
‘She harboured him at her house following the murder, she selectively deleted text messages from her mobile phones before they were seized by police, and she lied repeatedly in interview.
‘The prosecution contends that from the point she was told by Mantas Kvaderas immediately following the murder what had happened she has taken steps to distance herself from both him and the events.
Juskauskas was found bleeding to death in Whalebone Lane, Stratford at 12:30 am on 17 June.