Man whose remains were found by workmen was unlawfully killed, coroner rules

Will Taylor

Will Taylor


An inquest has ruled that a man whose remains were found by workmen in plastic bags in a country lane was unlawfully killed.

A post mortem on Aviaras Danilevicius, a Lithuanian who was 45 at the time of his death, found he had suffered a heavy blunt impact to the head, together with associated skull fractures.

However, Dr Robert Chapman, who conducted the examination, was unsure if they had occurred before or after death.

There was no indication of defensive action having been taken by Mr Danilevicius, who was first reported missing in 2004.

He had been discovered by workmen, who found human bones protruding from green plastic bags left in Hawthorn Lane, in Hawthorn Hill, near Warfield, on Friday, July 24, last year.

Senior Berkshire Coroner Peter Bedford determined on Thursday that due to the evidence of injuries found on the remains, and the circumstances surrounding how the body had been left, he could rule the death as an unlawful killing.

He said: “This is obviously an unusual set of circumstances in that the body’s remains were found some years after Mr Danilevicius’s death.

“Ascertaining a time of death is not possible. Police are endeavouring to work backwards from a very late crime scene, as it were, to make sense of what happened.”

In order to identify the body, Thames Valley Police liaised with Interpol, and from that, authorities in Lithuania were able to locate Mr Danilevicius’s family.

His father provided a DNA sample that proved his relation to the remains.

His mother had died in May 2015, two months before the body was discovered.

It emerged Mr Danilevicius had a partner, and a daughter, but the partner refused to allow the daughter to provide a DNA sample to police, claiming she was not his.

He had first been reported missing in 2004, and it is not believed his murder took place in Hawthorne Lane.

Lithuanian authorities had declared him dead in 2008, which Mr Bedford concluded was how the legal system in that county must operate.

Analysis of a ‘wooded root’ growing through the remains of the body showed it to be approximately three or four years old, but Mr Bedford stressed this did not automatically mean the body had been there that long.

Police are still investigating the circumstances around the death, and they have appealed to members the gay community in London to provide any information they may have on Mr Danilevicius’s friends and associates.

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