Nijole Siskeviciene murder: James Citro denies killing

Nijole Siskeviciene
Image caption Nijole Siskeviciene's body was propped up outside garages in Wembley in 1998, the court heard

A rapist strangled a woman neighbour and blamed two other men for her murder, the Old Bailey has heard.

James Citro, who changed his surname from Kennedy, has denied murdering Nijole Siskeviciene, 44, in Lancelot Road, Wembley, in October 1998.

He was held for drink-driving in July 2010 and his DNA matched a sample from the earlier attack, the court heard.

He has admitted perverting the course of justice by sending two anonymous letters to police after the killing.

Citro used one of these to claim that "two dark men" were seen with the body of Miss Siskeviciene, who came from Lithuania.

In the other, he posed as an elderly person and wrote: "A girl was carried out from a house by two black men."

The victim was strangled with a ligature and her body was propped up outside garages behind her home, prosecution QC Philip Bennetts told jurors.

Citro - now of Abbots Close, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset - was convicted of two rapes in Ireland in 1979 in which the victims were held or throttled.

The trial continues.

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