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Murdered Lithuanian ‘sent text rape threat’

A bodybuilder who was stabbed to death had sent a text to his alleged killer's partner threatening to rape her, the High Court has heard.

Audrius Aukstuolis, a Lithuanian, also warned the man accused of inflicting the fatal wound that he was “sharpening my knife for you”, it was claimed.

The victim was stabbed in Dungannon, Co Tyrone, on January 12 with such force that one of his ribs was almost severed, prosecutors revealed.

Fellow countryman Gediminas Stauskas (28) is charged with his murder.

It was claimed he used two different identities, and may have carried out surveillance on the victim before they met at Ann Street in the town.

But lawyers for Mr Stauskas, who was said to have lived in Northern Ireland for a year-and-a-half, said he acted in self-defence against “a violent individual”.

Refusing bail Lord Justice Girvan noted claims that the accused had used a false name, including to his girlfriend, saying: “There is a difficulty in being able to rely on his honesty in relation to identification.”

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