Four Lithuanians charged in murder of Italian waiter

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(ANSA) - London, October 23 - Four Lithuanians have been charged with the murder of Italian waiter Joele Leotta and will appear via video link in Medway Magistrates' Court tomorrow, police sources said Wednesday.

Leotta, 19, was kicked and punched to death by a gang of men aged 21 to 45 in in Maidstone, Kent, in what police said was not a racially motivated killing.

The men facing murder charges are Tomas Gelezinis, 30, Saulius Tamoliunas, 23, Linas Zidonis, 21, and Aleksandras Zuravliovas, 26. The four also face charges of aggravated battery in connection with an assault on a second victim.

Also on Wednesday, police said they have arrested a 30-year-old man. He is the tenth person of interest in the ongoing murder investigation.

Leotta, who may also have been stabbed in the attack, had travelled from his home in the northern town of Nibionno, near the city of Lecco, to Britain 10 days earlier to learn English and find work.

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