Following the conviction at the High Court in Aberdeen today (Friday November 10, 2017) of Tomas Gulbinavicius and Janis Karajevs (image below) for the murder of Aleksejus Zarskus at a property in the King Street area of Aberdeen in January 2017, Police Scotland has issued the following statement -
Detective Inspector Gary Winter, of the Major Investigation Team, said: "I welcome the conviction today of Gulbinavicius and Karajevs for the brutal, senseless murder of Aleksejus Zarskus in Aberdeen earlier this year.
"Aleksejus was repeatedly kicked, punched and stamped on by the pair who, by all accounts, he considered to be his friends. Unfortunately the injuries he sustained were so severe he would never recover, and he died four days later in hospital.
"I would like to take this opportunity to commend the officers who attended the scene in the first instance, forcing entry and administering first aid to try to keep Aleksejus alive despite the severity of the assault.
"They carried this out while Gulbinavicius and Karajevs were in a highly intoxicated and aggressive state, creating extremely difficult circumstances in which to try and save someone's life.
"My thoughts at this time are with his family and friends. I know today's outcome cannot change what happened, however I hope that the verdict at court can provide them with some comfort."