A 45-year-old father pleaded guilty to breaching a restraining order against the mother of his child by sending three emails and a text message, all of which were read out in court.
Prosecutor Shelley Wilson explained that Vidmantas Zitkus of Dudley Road, Grantham, had been in an ‘on and off’ relationship with the complainant for around four years.
The pair have a son. However Zitkus’ use of heroin and crack cocaine resulted in a complete breakdown in the relationship as his partner didn’t want drug abuse around her child, said Mrs Wilson.
Then on January 8, 2014, while she was having lunch with her mother, Zitkus climbed into the premises through the garden and hit his ex. For this he was convicted of ABH and criminal damage, and received a 12 week suspended sentence as well as having a restraining order imposed.
Yet despite being forbidden to contact her except through solicitors, on August 8, 2014, Zitkus sent an email.
In the email he wrote in Lithuanian, translated and read out in court: “I have a big hole in my heart which is painful. I am begging you don’t hurt me. I love my son with all my soul.”
Zitkus pleaded guilty to sending this email, and to sending further emails to his ex on October 18, and November 27. Two days before the pair had seen each other at Lincoln Family Court to arrange custody of their son. Zitkus was asked to take a drugs test, but he said he could not afford the £320 cost of it.
Defending himself in court through a Lithuanian interpreter, Zitkus claimed that on receiving the restraining order, he hadn’t understood that he couldn’t contact his ex-partner at all.
Grantham magistrates decided against activating the suspended sentence, and instead ordered that Zitkus complete 120 hours of unpaid work as part of a community order lasting 12 months.
Explaining the decision, chairman John Reynolds said: “We have noted that the contact was non-threatening and even apologetic, and that it was motivated by concern about access to your son.”
Zitkus must also pay £85 in prosecution costs, and a £60 victim surcharge.