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Taunton flatmate killer Viktorija Ratiuk sentenced

Viktorija Ratiuk Image copyright Avon and Somerset Police
Image caption Viktorija Ratiuk stabbed 32-year-old Romualds Baluls in the chest in the flat they shared in Bircham Road

A woman who killed her flatmate after they had been drinking together has been sentenced to eight and a half years in prison.

Viktorija Ratiuk stabbed 32-year-old Romualds Baluls once in the chest in the flat they shared in Bircham Road, Taunton, on 19 November.

Ratiuk was cleared of murder, but convicted of manslaughter, at a Bristol Crown Court trial.

The court heard a row erupted and Ratiuk attacked Mr Baluls with a knife.

Mr Baluls died from his injury at the scene.

Avon and Somerset Police said: "The decision to use a knife while under the influence of alcohol was catastrophic and Ratiuk will have to suffer the consequences of her impulsive actions."

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Image caption Romualds Baluls died from a single stab wound at the scene

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