A neighbour of a man who was allegedly murdered in Aberdeen has told a court she heard banging and shouting coming from the flat on the night he died.
Tomas Gulbinavicius, 33, and Janis Karajeves, 30, are on trial at the High Court in Aberdeen accused of killing housemate Aleksejus Zarskus at a property in King Street earlier this year.
They are accused of repeatedly punching and kicking him and stamping on his head, causing a blunt force trauma, on January 15.
Emergency services were called to the flat, and 42-year-old Mr Zarskus was taken to hospital, but he could not be saved.
Yesterday, the jury heard from Mr Zarskus’ neighbours, who reported having heard loud banging on the night of his death.
Tina Stewart, who lives in the flat below, said: “I was sitting watching TV and heard people banging on my ceiling and shouting.
“It sounded like something was going to come through my roof.
“I thought someone was getting beaten up.”
“After about 10 to 20 minutes I called the police and they arrived later,” she added.
Her former boyfriend, Damon Scruby, who was also at the flat at the time, later told the court: “It sounded like someone was being assaulted.”
Ainis Zeltins, a friend of Mr Zarskus, Gulbinavicius and Karajeves, told the jury the four had spent much of the day in betting shops and drinking, before heading out to Seaton Park.
He said he had left the park feeling drunk and went home.
The court heard his friends later visited his home in Seaton, but he had fallen asleep.
However, when Mr Zeltins was asked whether there had been any friction between the group’s members, he insisted this had not been the case.
Gulbinavicius and Karajeves deny the charge against them.
The trial, held before Lord Uist, continues.