Thetford visitor wanted on European arrest warrant

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A Lithuanian man who spat at a police officer is wanted on a European arrest warrant, a court has heard.

Edvinas Subonis had previously pleaded not guilty to assaulting a Pc but at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court today, he changed his plea to guilty.

The 22-year-old, of Elm Road, Thetford, had also admitted obstructing a Pc and being drunk and disorderly in public.

David Bryant, prosecuting, said on February 8 there was an incident at USA Fried Chicken in Riverside Walk, Thetford, in which Subonis’ brother was involved in an altercation with a member of staff.

“The brother and member of staff inflicted seriously nasty injuries on each other,” said Mr Bryant, adding that when officers attended, Subonis became aggressive towards them.

He added: “He was arrested for obstructing police and being drunk and disorderly but due to concerns about his health he was taken to West Suffolk Hospital. It was during his treatment at the hospital that he had to be restrained again and he spat on two separate occasions, at a special constable on one occasion - hitting the officer on his hand - and, on another, spitting and hitting him on the wrist.”

When interviewed by police, Subonis said he had been aggressive and uncooperative with officers because he felt they were being too tough on his brother and had resisted officers and hospital staff because he had a phobia of needles, said Mr Bryant.

He told magistrates Subonis was subject to a European arrest warrant for his home country of Lithuania for what had been described as ‘a serious matter’.

In mitigation, Claire Lockwood said Subonis had only arrived in the UK a few days before committing the offences and had been intending to stay with his brother for a couple of weeks.

“He can’t remember everything that happened due to the alcohol consumption and I would describe his behaviour as reckless,” she said, adding that after the case was finished, he would be taken to London and held in custody on a European warrant.

Ordering the week Subonis had spent in prison since being arrested as time served, presiding magistrate Michael Sweeting said: “Spitting is a particularly unpleasant thing and looking at all you did together, and the fact that you have been held on remand for seven days, we feel that a sentence of seven days in prison as time served is probably appropriate.”