A drunk who chased an off-duty police officer into an Asda store in Northampton before stabbing him with a broken wine bottle has been jailed for four-and-a-half years.
On November 22 last year Lithuanian born Antanas Ustimkinas had been drinking wine outside the supermarket in London Road, Far Cotton with another man.
Northampton Crown Court yesterday heard how the 32-year-old, of Gloucester Avenue, Delpare, was seen being abusive to people entering the store.
When an off-duty policeman confronted him, Ustimkinas chased the man inside the store with a jagged broken bottle before plunging the weapon into the back of the officer’s neck several times.
Sentencing him, judge Timothy Smith said: “The use of a bottle in those circumstances and the fact a threat has been made towards [the police officer] make this a very serious matter.
“The officer is very fortunate that the injuries he sustained were not more serious.
He was left with a scar to the back of his neck and he continues to experience symptoms from that scar at nightJudge Timothy Smith
“He was left with a scar to the back of his neck and he continues to experience symptoms from that scar at night, it is painful and interferes with his sleep.”
Prosecuting Kate Plumber said the off-duty police officer, had been shopping with his young daughter when he confronted Ustimkinas about his abusive behaviour outside the store.
Ustimkinas first called the officer’s daughter a ‘bitch’ and threatened to stab him.
Miss Plumber said the policeman punched Ustimkinas in the face out of self defence and ‘sought refuge’ inside Asda where his daughter had already fled.
But Ustimkinas, who claimed he was so drunk he could not recall most of the incident in police interview, followed the officer inside before stabbing him with the bottle and causing a large ‘laceration’ which later required 11 stitches.
Miss Plumber said: “The defendant then surrendered himself to staff, he knelt down on the ground and put his head in his hands.”
Defending for Ustimkinas Stephen Evans, said his client, who has been on remand since November, has shown remorse since the incident and has taken steps to rid himself of his alcohol addiction in custody.
He said the Lithuanian man has also engaged with the Samaritans and intends to become a ‘listener’ with the charity while in prison.
“He is, of course, sober now,” Mr Evans said. “Most of his problems previously revolved around his drinking.
“In his sober state he is an engaging individual and he has been trying to use his time inside wisely.”
Ustimkinas was ordered to serve at least half of his four and a half year sentence in jail and the remainder on licence.