Man jailed for six years for 2008 Tipperary manslaughter

Monday 13 May 2013 22.13
Egidijus Kiaulakis admitted stabbing Gintaras Brazauskas on St Stephen's Day 2008, but said he acted in self-defence
Egidijus Kiaulakis admitted stabbing Gintaras Brazauskas on St Stephen's Day 2008, but said he acted in self-defence

A 32-year-old who killed a man by stabbing him seven times and assaulted another in Co Tipperary has been jailed for six years.

Egidijus Kiaulakis, who is originally from Lithuania but lived at Coille Bheithe in Nenagh, admitted stabbing Gintaras Brazauskas on St Stephen's Day 2008, but said he acted in self-defence.

A jury found him not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter.

He was also found guilty of stabbing Robertas Sujetovas on the same night and sentenced to four years.

Both sentences will run concurrently.

Mr Brazauskas and Mr Sujetovas were lifelong friends from the same town in Lithuania and had celebrated Christmas together with family and friends in Summerhill, Nenagh, Co Tipperary.

In the early hours of St Stephen's morning, Kiaulakis left his house with a bottle of brandy looking for company.

He threw stones at the victim's flat window as he passed and although he was not a friend he was allowed in because he was a fellow Lithuanian.

However, he was asked to leave because the noise was upsetting a two-month-old baby.

The court was told that a fight broke out and another man broke a bottle over his head.

Kiaulakis left covered in blood but came back with a knife and stabbed father-of-one Brazauskas seven times, killing him.

Robertas Sujetovas was stabbed four times and has since recovered.

Kiaulakis threw the knife in a nearby churchyard and was found semi-conscious later that morning in a ditch several kilometres away.

He told gardaí he had acted in self-defence, after a number of people rushed at him when he knocked on the door.

The victim's fiancée said she has slept with the light on for the four-and-a-half years since he was killed in front of her.

Sandra Valaityte said the killer had ruined her life and that of her child.

The couple were due to get married the following year and their baby was only a few months old when his father was killed.

Sentencing Kiaulakis, Mr Justice Paul Carney said he was taking into account the fact that he equipped himself with a knife and the effect the killing had on the victim's family, but also his plea to manslaughter.