A MAN who went on the run after knifing his roommate in their Hayes flat was jailed for life today (Thursday).
Eineris Olsevicius, 27, (pictured, right) 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 he can be considered for parole.
The court heard that the pair, who were both Lithuanian and shared a flat in Hyde Way, 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 stabbed in 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 cafe in Nice on August 31 2010 – almost exactly a year after the murder - 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.
Tomas' mother Leokadija Lapsevic, 52, released a heartfelt statement after the sentencing.
"The death of my only son Tomas has changed my life - mentally, emotionally and financially.
"The sudden and brutal death of my son left me unable to realize and believe what had happened until his remains reached Lithuania.
"I am worried about my future. I had brought up my son by myself and now, having lost him, I am alone. I do not have anyone to support me now and in the future either. My life is no longer meaningful.
"Only someone who lost their only child themselves might be able to understand how I felt then, how I am feeling now and how I see my future. It is against nature. Parents are not supposed to bury their children."
Detective Inspector Tony Bishop, from the Met Police's Homicide and Serious Crime Command, added: "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.