Jurors told man accused of killing Wembley woman repeatedly lied to avoid capture

Double rapist allegedly murdered his neighbour and dumped her body next to garages

The lies of a double rapist accused of killing his neighbour shows he strangled the chambermaid to death, a court heard today (Thursday).

James Citro, 54, is claimed to have killed Nijole Siskeviciene and dumped her body outside garages at the back of Lancelot Road, Wembley, in October 1998, it is claimed.

The Old Bailey heard he was questioned at the time of the murder but did not tell the truth and he lied when he was interviewed.

Citro also wrote letters to police claiming two black men were responsible, which he also knew was untrue.

A cold case review into the Lithuanian mother-of-one’s murder earlier this year uncovered DNA samples from her bra.

A DNA match was found in a sample taken from Citro when he was stopped for drink driving.

Most Read

In his closing speech Philip Bennetts said to the jury: “Why has he lied? It is because you have before you the killer of Nijole who has repeatedly and consistently tried to avoid justice.

“This defendant is an accomplished liar. He is an accomplished persuasive and dishonest man.

“In truth he is Nijole’s killer and your verdict should reflect that.”

Citro, who changed his name from James Kennedy in 2003, raped two women in his home town of Tipperary in Ireland in 1978.

1998 he was living two doors away from Miss Siskeviciene who had moved into a bedsit a week before she died.

He denied killing Miss Siskeviciene claiming he his DNA was found on her bra because he had paid her �30 to commit a sex act on him hours before her body was found.

He denies murder but admits two charges of perverting the course of justice by sending the letters.

The trial continues.