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Killer who blamed others is jailed

A rapist born in Ireland who killed a neighbour and tried to blame "two black men" is facing a life sentence.

James Citro, 54, was found guilty of murdering Nijole Siskeviciene, 44, at the Old Bailey in London.

The Nenagh-born man, who was convicted of two rapes in 1979, in Nenagh and County Tipperary, in which the victims were held or throttled around the neck, was remanded in custody for a psychiatric report before sentencing in December.

Judge David Paget said Citro would be given a life term but he had to consider the minimum years he must serve.

Citro, who changed his name from Kennedy, was not arrested for 12 years. When police arrested him for drink-driving in July last year, his DNA was taken and matched to the October 1998 murder in north London.

Citro, 54, of Abbots Close, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, admitted two offences of perverting justice in writing two anonymous letter to police after the murder.

Philip Bennetts QC, prosecuting, said Miss Siskeviciene was strangled with a ligature and her body propped up in a sitting position outside garages at the back of her home.

"She had been the subject of a sexual attack," said Mr Bennetts.

Citro lived in another house in Lancelot Road, Wembley, north London, at the time of the murder. During house-to-house inquiries, he told police he did not know her.

A week later, two letters were sent to police. One said "two dark men" were seen with the body. The other claimed to be from an elderly person and said: "A girl was carried out from a house by two black men."

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