Grantham court: Drunken man pushed officer in 3.36am incident

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A Lituanian warehouse operative must pay a total of £100 for being drunk and disorderly in Grantham Market Place.

Tomas Tumonis, aged 23, of Norton Street, Grantham pleaded guilty to one charge relating to January 31.

Prosecutor Marie Stace outlined how at 3.36am, an officer on duty in Grantham Market Place saw the defendant outside the Late Lounge.

While at first Tumonis didn’t seem to be causing any problems, he began waving his arms around with clenched fists, which to the policeman looked like he was trying to start a fight with the door staff.

The officer then decided to leave the vehicle he was in and went over to ask the defendant to calm down. However, Tumonis replied that he was going to go back in to the pub, despite the policeman pushing him back and advising him to go home.

Miss Stace said the defendant kept repeating his intention to go back in and trying to run past, and then he pushed the officer who pushed back causing Tumonis to fall over.

The officer helped him up and advised him again to go home and sleep it off, but Tumonis told him that he had lost his wallet and wouldn’t give his name to the policeman when he offered to speak to doorstaff about it.He was then informed that if he didn’t go home he would be arrested for being drunk and disorderly, but again tried to push past, at which point he was arrested.

Representing himself in court through an interpreter, Tumonis said that he was not waving his arms in a threatening way, but was trying to show that he had left his belongings inside.

He admitted attempting to re-enter because his keys were left in a jacket inside, and so although they told him to go home he had no way of getting back inside his property.

Tumonis acknowledged that ‘there probably was a bit of pushing’ between himself and the officer, but that he was defending himself. He acknowledged he was drunke.

Tumonis said that he had asked the door staff to allow him to call his girlfriend who was inside to get his possessions, but that they had refused and he added: “I feel I was wronged.”

Magistrates granted Tumonis a conditional discharge lasting six months, and ordered him to pay prosecution costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £15.