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A woman who stabbed another woman 16 times has been found guilty of her murder.

Birute Klicneliene, 50, of Sir Lewis Street, King’s Lynn, was today (8 November) convicted by a jury of the murder of Dace Kalkerte on 16 April this year.

Reaching a unanimous decision, the jury at King’s Lynn Crown Court took just over eight hours to reach a verdict.

Klicneliene had denied murder.

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Police were called to the first floor flat in Highgate, King’s Lynn, shortly after 12.30am on Saturday 16 April after the ambulance service reported a woman had been stabbed and wasn’t breathing.

Dace Kalkerte, 50, was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn in the early hours of 16 April with multiple stab wounds.

She never regained conscious and died at 2.28am the same day.

A Home Office post-mortem later established she had died from a single stab wound to her stomach.

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In total, she had sustained 16 stab and puncture wounds and nine incised wounds, including defensive injuries to her right hand.

A blood-stained knife was also recovered from the scene.

During the week-long trial, the court heard how Klicneliene and Dace Kalkerte had returned to Dace’s first floor flat in Highgate after the two women and their partners had been drinking at an allotment in the town.

Their partners remained at the allotment after the women left.

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When initially interviewed by officers, Klicneliene said she had been drinking since 11am that day and had fallen asleep when she returned to flat.

Klicneliene told officers she saw Dace lying on the floor in the hallway when she woke up and thought she was drunk, and it was only when she picked her up that she realised she was losing blood and there was a pool of blood on the floor.

She admitted she had seen a knife under Dace and said she may have touched the knife when she moved Dace.

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Forensic analysis of the murder scene showed there wasn’t any sign of forced entry to the flat or any evidence of blood from the top of the stairway to the communal front door.

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It did, however, confirm traces of diluted blood in the bathroom of Dace’s flat and when officers arrived at the flat, Klicneliene’s clothing was stained with blood, but her hands were clean.

Birute Klicneliene, 50, guilty of murder

She was arrested on suspicion of murder in the early hours of Saturday 16 April together with two men.

The men have been told no further action will be taken against them by police.

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Klicneliene was taken to King’s Lynn Police Investigation Centre for questioning and later charged with murder on Monday 18 April 2022.

Following today’s conviction, Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Inspector Chris Burgess said: “What happened in that flat on that evening that caused Klicnelience to do what she did is beyond our comprehension.

“This was a sustained and brutal attack, and it is difficult for us to understand why she behaved with such deliberate and directed violence.

“Only Klicneliene knows why she acted like this.

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“Dace’s partner and children are forced to deal with the aftermath of her tragic death, and I am grateful for their support and bravery throughout this investigation.

“Thankfully, incidents like this are rare in Norfolk. I hope today’s guilty verdict offers Dace’s family some resolution and closure and that Klicneliene will, perhaps one day, take responsibility for her actions.”

Klicneliene is expected to be sentenced in January 2023.

 

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