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Man found guilty of Co Louth axe murder

Marius Gaizutis
Marius Gaizutis

A 52 year old man has been found guilty at the Central Criminal Court this morning of murdering a man with an axe.

Marius Gaizutis of Marsh Road, Drogheda, Co Louth was 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 over a week ago. 

This was not acceptable to the State and a jury was sworn in to try him. The Central Criminal Court jury which was made up of four women and eight men today found Mr Gaizutis guilty of the charge by unanimous verdict after deliberating for two hours and forty minutes.

Ms Justice Margaret Heneghan thanked the twelve jury members for the important work they did and exempted them from jury service for the next twenty years.

The court will sit again at 11.30am this morning to fix a sentencing date.