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Tuesday 6 December 2016

'Body on beach' murder trial to begin

Marius Gaizutis
Marius Gaizutis

a 52-year-old man has admitted killing another man, whose body was found on a Co Louth beach in 2013.

Marius Gaizutis, who is charged with the 44-year-old's murder, is one of two who will go on trial tomorrow in connection with the death.

Mr Gaizutis, of Marsh Road, Drogheda, Co Louth, is charged with murdering Audrius Butkus at that address on September 9 or 10, 2013.

He pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to manslaughter when arraigned before the Central Criminal Court yesterday morning.

This was not acceptable to the State, and a jury was sworn in to try Mr Gaizutis and his co-accused.

Aivers Sonders (53), of Sycamore Close, Termon Abbey, Drogheda, was arraigned on separate charges.

He is charged with three counts of assisting an offender on the same dates by impeding Mr Gaizutis' apprehension or prosecution.

The particulars include moving the body from Marsh Road and placing it in the sea at Mornington Beach; cleaning up the scene at Marsh Road; and disposing of carpet, clothing, a nail brush, bin bag, bottles and tins from the scene at the Burke House, Mathew's Lane, Drogheda.

Mr Sonders pleaded not guilty to all three counts.

A jury of four women and eight men was sworn in to hear the trial.

Proceedings will begin tomorrow and are expected to last five or six days.

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