Court hears blood found on axe head matches victim's DNA

Marius Gaizutis
Marius Gaizutis

A forensic scientist has told a murder trial jury that blood found in the hollow groove at the tip of an axe matched the DNA profile of the deceased.

Marius Gaizutis (52) of Marsh Road, Drogheda, Co Louth is charged with murdering Audrius Butkus (44) at that address on the 9th or 10th of September, 2013.

Mr Gaizutis pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to manslaughter when he was arraigned before the Central Criminal Court on Monday.

This was not acceptable to the State and a jury was sworn in to try him.

Mr Stephen Clifford from Forensic Science Ireland (FSI) told prosecution counsel Mr Patrick Gageby SC today that on September 11 2013 he attended the scene at Marsh Road to assist with blood pattern analysis.

He then told the jury he looked for the presence of blood on a hammer and two axes taken from the house at Marsh Road. 

"I examined the axe for the presence of blood and the only blood that I found on the axe was in the hollow groove at the tip of the axe. A full male profile was generated and it matched the profile of Audrius Butkus," said Mr Clifford.