Mar 23 2011 By Jack Griffith
Eineris Olsevicius, 27, was convicted of the murder of 21 year-old Tomas Lapsevic
A KILLER who went on the run after knifing his flatmate to death in a Hayes flat has been jailed for life.
Eineris Olsevicius, 27, was convicted of the murder of 21 year-old Tomas Lapsevic after a week-long trial at the Old Bailey. He will serve a minimum of 14 years before being considered for parole.
The court heard that the pair, who shared a flat in Hyde Way, Hayes, got into a heated drunken argument in the early hours of August 30 2009, after a night out in the West End.
A fight broke out and Mr Lapsevic, who had been living at the flat for just three months, was stabbed in the chest with a kitchen knife. Another man who tried to break the pair up was slashed on the arm.
When police arrived at the scene, Lapsevic was unconscious and slumped in the hallway. He had suffered a single stab wound to the heart, and died within the hour.
Olsevicius left the house before police arrived, and was driven north by another flatmate, Viktoras Shecharas. On their journey, they were stopped by police, who were unaware of their involvement in the murder, and Shecharas was booked for traffic offences.
The car was seized, and Olsevicius then hitched a ride from Carnforth in Lancashire, to Glenrothes in Scotland. He left for France weeks later.
He was located and arrested by French police in an internet café in Nice on August 31 last year, and extradited back to the UK two weeks later.
During the trial, he claimed that he had acted in self defence, but the jury returned a unanimous guilty verdict.
Detective Inspector Tony Bishop, from the Met Police's Homicide and Serious Crime Command, said: "Once again, we have seen the appalling consequences of young men going out, consuming vast quantities of alcohol and then becoming involved in violent, meaningless arguments, where the use of a knife has produced the death of one young man and a serious injury to another."
* Viktoras Shecharas, 26, was arrested and charged with assisting an offender, and driving whilst disqualified in October 2009.
He was jailed for 30 months after appearing at Kingston Crown Court and admitting to perverting the course of justice, driving whilst disqualified and driving without insurance. The judge instructed that he be deported to Lithuania on his release.