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Lithuanian men deny murdering young Italian waiter Joele Leotta in flat above Vesuvius restaurant in Maidstone and wounding friend Alex Galbiati

27 January 2014
by Keith Hunt

Four Lithuanian men have today denied murdering Italian waiter Joele Leotta in Maidstone.

Father-to-be Aleksandras Zuravliovas, 26, Linas Zidonis, 21, Tomas Gelezinis, 30, and 23-year-old Saulius Tamoliunas pleaded not guilty.

They also denied wounding Mr Leotta's friend Alex Galbiati with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Joele Leotta suffered multiple injuries at a Maidstone flat

Joele Leotta suffered multiple injuries at a Maidstone flat

Zuravliovas, of Beaumont Road; Zidonis, of no fixed address; Gelezinis, of Lower Stone Street; Tamoliunas, of Union Street, all Maidstone, are due to stand trial on April 7.

The four men, who entered their pleas with the assistance of two interpreters, were remanded in custody at Maidstone Crown Court.

Alex Galbiati, Joele Leotta's childhood friend. Picture Casate Online

Alex Galbiati, Joele Leotta's childhood friend. Picture: Casate Online

Mr Leotta, 20, suffered multiple injuries at a flat over Vesuvius Italian restaurant in Lower Stone Street, Maidstone, on October 20 last year.

A policeman stands outside the flat above Vesuvius Italian restaurant

A policeman stands outside the flat above Vesuvius Italian restaurant

He arrived in Maidstone with Mr Galbiati to learn English just 10 days before his death.

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