State rejects 52-year-old's manslaughter plea

Marius Gaizutis (Pic: Irish Independent)
Marius Gaizutis (Pic: Irish Independent)

A 52-year-old man has admitted killing another man, whose body was found on a Louth beach in 2013.

The man, who is charged with the 44-year-old’s murder, is one of two men who will go on trial on Wednesday, charged in connection with the death.

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

He pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to manslaughter when arraigned before the Central Criminal Court this morning.

This was not acceptable to the State and a jury was sworn in to try him and his co-accused.

Aivers Sonders (53) of Sycamore Close, Termon Abbey in Drogheda was arraigned on separate charges this morning.

He’s charged with three counts of assisting an offender on the same dates by impeding Mr Gaizutis’s apprehension or prosecution.

The particulars include moving the body from Marsh Road and placing it in the sea at Mornington Beach; cleaning up the scene at Marsh Road; and disposing of carpet, clothing, a nail brush, bin bag, bottles and tins from the scene at the Burke House, Mathew’s Lane, Drogheda.

Mr Sonders pleaded not guilty to all three counts.

A jury of four women and eight men was sworn in to hear the trial, which will begin on Wednesday and is expected to last five or six days.