Case: The Chambermaid and her Neighbour: Nijole Siskeviciene
Nijole Siskeviciene
James Citro aka James Kennedy
Status: Solved
Categories: Sexual
Case synopsis:

The body of chambermaid Nijole Siskeviciene was found by a passer-by at around 7.30pm on October 20, 1998.

She had been sexually assaulted and strangled and left in a seated position with her back against garages at the rear of Lancelot Crescent, Wembley, northwest London. Her home was just 200 yards away.

Nijole, a 44 year-old Lithuanian mother of two children aged 17 and 27, had come to the UK to work in the hotel industry. At the time of her death she was struggling to find a new job and had money worries.

Eight days later two anonymous handwritten letters were received by the police which described seeing two black men carrying Nijole out of her house

The first letter, said to come from a local pensioner, read: "I am not much help, am I, I am too old, I am afraid to go outside my door."

In the second the writer claimed to be a neighbour and described Nijole's blue jeans and a blue jumper, adding: "Sorry, I do not want my family in this sort of thing”.

Detectives investigating the murder believed the letters to be genuine and urged the witnesses to come forward and speak to police.

Nijole letter

It was not until 2010 that fingerprints on the letters were matched to James Citro, after he was arrested for an unrelated offence in Somerset. His DNA sample also matched a partial profile found on Nijole's body and clothing.

Citro was born James Kennedy in Tipperary, Ireland, and was convicted of two rapes in that country in 1978 and jailed for ten years. Following his release he came to London and in 1998 was Lancelot Road two doors away from Nijole.

After the murder he is believed to have worked as a barman in the Hayes, Ealing, Hampstead and Essex areas before moving to Weston-Super-Mare in 2002. He changed his name to Citro by deed poll in 2003.

He was charged with murder in January 2011. On October 31 he was convicted of murder after a three-week trial at the Old Bailey. He had already admitted perverting the course of justice by writing the letters.

On December 9 he was jailed for life with a minimum of 20 years before parole.

NijoleJames Citro

Nijole (left) and her killer James Citro on his arrest (right)

Detectives have appealed for any victims of assaults that may have been carried out by Citro to come forward.

Detective Superintendent Keith Niven said: "With Citro now starting a life term behind bars, he is no longer at liberty to commit any further offences.

"Although this brings little comfort for their loss, Nijole’s sons are reassured that justice has been secured for their mother, and that Citro will not be able to subject any other victims and their families to the pain and suffering they have endured.

"Nijole came to the UK in search of a better life for herself and her sons. She had only lived in Lancelot Road, Wembley for six days when she fell victim to Citro’s violence. He was a neighbour living but a few doors away from her.

"I would now like to appeal to anyone who has been previously subjected to assault by Citro to come forward. I can assure you that you will be treated with the utmost respect and sensitivity and your information will be dealt with in the strictest confidence."

James Citro as a barman in the 1880s

The garages in Lancelot Crescent, Wembley, where Nijole was found dead


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