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An angry man who assaulted two people in front of families with children attending a summer solstice celebration has been jailed for 16 months.

Gundrs Sveimeriauss (33) sprayed one victim with pepper spray, then bashed him over the head with a baton, causing a gashed head which needed stitches. The attack happened moments after Sveimeriauss head-butted another victim.

At Leicester Crown Court, he pleaded guilty to causing actual bodily harm, common assault with a head-butt, possessing a prohibited CS spray can and possessing an offensive weapon, a baton, in a public place, on June 21 last year. Steven Taylor, prosecuting, said residents were celebrating Solstice in Rally Park, off Tudor Road, in the city. He said: "The defendant turned up later in the evening. His ex-girlfriend was already in the group and some of his former friends were among the group. For whatever reason, he seemed to be in a bad mood. He pushed someone out of the way as he headed towards a gazebo. The first victim approach-ed him and asked if everything was okay, because he clearly didn't seem to be.The defendant, looking really angry, head-butted him in the face.The victim moved backwards but there was still a connection on his cheekbone."

Mr Taylor said he was told: "What are you doing? There are kids here. Sveimeriauss, of Taunton Road, West End, Leicester, threatened to "kill" the victim and made shouted threats to a woman who suggested calling the police. Mr Taylor said the defendant then turned on the second victim, spraying him with the CS can. As the man rubbed his eyes in shock, the defendant sprayed him again. Then he struck him "a number of times" with an extendable baton. The victim suffered bruised arms trying to protect his head, which was bleeding.

Sentencing, Judge Robert Brown said: "Unprovoked violence like this, in a public place, must be marked with a sentence of custody, with immediate effect." Sveimeriauss had the proceedings translated in court by a Russian interpreter. Clarkson Baptiste, mitigating, said: "His behaviour was out of character. He says he was not under the influence of drink or drugs at the time. He says he was there to protect his ex-partner."

 Details from Leicester Mercury









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