A divorced mother arranged a deadly ‘medieval duel’ to see which of her two male admirers would win her hand, a court heard.
Asta Juskauskiene, 35, was married to Giedruis Juskauskas, 42, but was seeing Mantas Kvedaras, 25.
Both men claimed Juskauskiene as their own, so she allegedly decided to settle the argument with a fight to the death in an alleyway in Stratford, East London.
Asta Juskauskiene, 35, allegedly arranged a deadly ‘medieval duel’ to see which of her two male admirers would win her hand – her cuckold husband and her younger lover
Juskauskiene was married to Giedruis Juskauskas (left), 42, but was seeing Mantas Kvedaras (right), 25. She allegedly decided to settle the argument with a fight to the death
Hugh Davies, prosecuting, told Kingston Crown Court: ‘As you will hear, Asta Juskauskiene had discussed the purpose of the meeting with her friend Jurgita Sulciene.
Juskauskiene (pictured), of Dartford, Kent, was seeing both men at the same time
‘That purpose was for the men to settle the issue in relation to the defendant with violence – in effect a latter-day medieval duel.’
Juskauskas was found dying from multiple stab wounds to the neck, chest, and shoulder. Kvedaras has admitted murdering him on June 17 this year.
The court heard he began a relationship with mother-of-three Juskauskiene following his release from prison in Lithuania.
Mr Davies said: ‘Giedrius was however still on the scene. As you will hear, 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.
Juskauskiene (right) denies conspiracy to murder and perverting the course of justice. Also pictured (left): A photograph taken from Juskauskiene’s Facebook page
‘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.
‘The prosecution case is that she 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 telephones before they were seized by police, she lied repeatedly in interview.
Juskauskas was found dying from multiple stab wounds this lane in Stratford, East London
‘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 on Whalebone Lane in Stratford at 12.30am on June 17.
He suffered at least 35 stab wounds to the body and neck, probably from a single knife, with 11 wounds to the neck alone.
Mr Davies said: ‘This was not a fist fight that escalated: it was a murderous assault with a single bladed knife with death as the inevitable outcome.
The case is being heard at Kingston Crown Court in South West London (file picture)
Juskauskiene, a home-visiting care worker, appeared in court in a white shirt, black trousers and long blonde hair.
Juskauskiene, of Dartford, Kent, denies conspiracy to murder and perverting the course of justice. Lithuanian Kvedaras, of no fixed address, has admitted murder.
The trial continues.