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Landlady killed by former soldier

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Image caption The court heard how Norkus was arrested in Norwich

A former Lithiunian soldier has admitted killing his landlady because he thought she had arranged for him to be beaten up.

Jonas Norkus, 43, admitted the culpable homicide of Vitalija Nemniaseviene by hitting her on the head in October.

The High Court in Glasgow heard how the 43-year-old was found dead by police who were contacted by Norkus's friend.

Sentence on Norkus, who is in custody, was deferred until next month.

The court heard how Norkus, who worked as a part-time cleaner at Buchanan Bus Station in Glasgow, had lived in the UK since May 2009.

Beaten up

The day before she was killed, Norkus was beaten up by two men who knew Ms Nemniaseviene. He believed she was to blame for this and killed her.

After hitting her, Norkus and flatmate Oksana Droszd fled to Norwich.

Almost three weeks later, after trying without success to contact Ms Nemniaseviene, a concerned Ms Droszd phoned the police.

They found the landlady dead, in a sleeping position on the sofa.

Norkus was later detained in Norwich.

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