Lincolnshire

Life sentences for men convicted of Gainsborough house fire murder

Martynas Kupstys and Andrus Giedraitis Image copyright Police issue
Image caption Police described Martynas Kupstys (left) and Andrus Giedraitis as "dangerous men" who had shown no remorse

Two men have been given life sentences for the murder of a man who died in a house fire in a Lincolnshire town.

Martynas Kupstys and Andrus Giedraitis were convicted of murdering Ivans Zdanovics, 24, who died at a house in Etherington Street, Gainsborough.

Kupstys, 26, admitted starting several fires at the house but denied intending to kill Mr Zdanovics or cause him serious harm.

Giedraitis claimed he was not at the house when the fires were started.

During sentencing at Lincoln Crown Court, Kupstys was told he must serve a minimum of 25 years, Giedraitis 21 years.

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Image caption Ivans Zdanovics' body was found at a house in Etherington Street

Five separate seats of fire were discovered in the downstairs of the property in January last year.

Mr Zdanovics, who had been drinking earlier with the two men, died as a result of smoke inhalation.

During the five-week trial, Kupstys, 26, of Aegir Close, Gainsborough, told the jury he only meant to damage the property and thought the house was empty.

He said he had been made to look a fool by Mr Zdanovics over the delivery of a stash of cannabis.

Giedraitis, 30, of Riseholme Road, Gainsborough, claimed he was not at the house.

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