Ipswich: Felixstowe vandal pleads for jail

A man smashed a courthouse window and pleaded with officers to send him to jail just two weeks after he was sentenced for assaulting a police officer.

Mynvydos Jusaitis, of Queen’s Road, Felixstowe, first appeared in court on August 6, charged with assaulting the officer and resisting arrest on July 14.

Having been ordered to carry out 375 hours of unpaid work, Jusaitis re-offended on Saturday night when he went on a drunken rampage and smashed the front window of South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court in Elm Street, Ipswich.

He pleaded guilty to criminal damage at the court where the incident had taken place.

District judge Celia Dawson ordered Jusaitis to complete a six-months supervision order and to pay �150 compensation.

At around 5.30am on Saturday morning, officers at Ipswich police station heard a smashing noise coming from nearby and arrived at the court to find a window had been broken using a glass bottle.

They discovered the 30-year-old Lithuanian on his knees outside the court with his hands behind his back, awaiting arrest. The court heard he had pleaded with the officers to take him to jail, threatening to cause more damage if they declined. He asked officers to arrest him because he wished to be put behind bars following his first court appearance.

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J Akpogheneta, mitigating, said her client had been “extremely stressed” in recent weeks due to issues with some of his neighbours.

She said he had been “having thoughts he had never thought he would” and would be seeing a GP for help and advice.

A police spokesman said Jusaitis had been drinking at the time of the incident.

During his hearing before magistrates in Ipswich on August 6, Jusaitis was ordered to carry out 275 hours of unpaid work for the assault charge and a further 100 hours for his second charge. He was also told to pay �100 compensation and �85 costs.

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