Belfast Telegraph

Rapist jailed for life for murder

A convicted rapist who killed a neighbour and tried to blame "two black men" has been jailed for life.

Irish-born James Citro, 54, was found guilty in October of murdering 44-year-old hotel worker Nijole Siskeviciene, 13 years ago.

Citro, who changed his name from Kennedy, had been convicted of two rapes involving attempted strangulation in Ireland 33 years ago.

When police in the United Kingdom stopped him for drink-driving in July last year, his DNA was taken and matched to the October 1998 murder.

Citro, 54, of Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, UK, admitted two offences of perverting justice by writing two anonymous letters to police after the murder.

He was jailed for life at the Old Bailey and given a minimum term of 20 years.

Judge David Paget told him: "This case is the third time you have admitted to strangling your victim in a sexual context.

"By lying you have escaped justice for 13 years.

"I have no doubt you are a very dangerous man."

Citro, who is now in a wheelchair, was wheeled out of the dock to the cells by a prison officer.

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