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Mother guilty of 'dreadful' baby murder in Fraserburgh

Ineta Dzinguviene
Image caption Ineta Dzinguviene denied murdering her son in Fraserburgh

A mother has been found guilty of murdering her newborn baby.

Ineta Dzinguviene, 26, a Lithuanian national, denied murdering her son with clear plastic food wrapping on the day he was born in Fraserburgh.

The baby, later named Paulius Dzingus, was found in a bag in the Aberdeenshire town's High Street in April last year.

Judge John Beckett QC told Dzinguviene the jury at the High Court in Livingston had found her guilty of a "dreadful crime".

He said the only punishment - after the majority verdict - was life imprisonment.

He deferred sentence for reports until 9 June at the High Court in Glasgow.

It later emerged police in Lithuania are waiting to interview Dzinguviene about the death of a baby girl.

It is understood it followed the discovery in April last year of a body.

Speaking after the guilty verdict, Grampian Police Det Ch Insp Malcolm Stewart said: "This was a particularly disturbing case in which a mother claimed the life of her youngest child, just hours after his birth.

"Dzinguviene has refused to accept what she has done and shown no remorse for her actions since the day she was arrested.

Image caption Police in Lithuania are waiting to interview Dzinguviene about another death

"We will never understand what drove her to commit this crime but today's outcome brings this unfortunate case to a close and Grampian Police welcome the conviction."

He added: "We would like to thank all of those individuals who assisted our officers with their inquiries and ensuring that this distressing case was brought to court."

In her closing speech, prosecutor advocate depute Dorothy Bain QC had urged the jury to convict Dzinguviene.

She said the accused was "in control of her actions".

However, defence advocate Frances McMenamin QC claimed evidence was lacking that plastic food wrapping found in a bag containing the corpse had actually been used to smother the baby.

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