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Offender in court after airport arrest

PUBLISHED: 14:24 06 April 2009 | UPDATED: 13:36 03 July 2010

A migrant worker who escaped justice for 11 months after he attacked his girlfriend in a Yarmouth shop was finally arrested as he was about to fly home, a court heard.

A migrant worker who escaped justice for 11 months after he attacked his girlfriend in a Yarmouth shop was finally arrested as he was about to fly home, a court heard.

Vygandas Narusevicius was detained at Stansted Airport as he checked-in with his twin brother for their flight home to Lithuania on Thursday.

Last May an arrest warrant for Narusevicius was issued by Yarmouth magistrates after he failed to attend court to be sentenced for headbutting and slapping his girlfriend.

On Friday magistrates remanded Narusevicius into custody and heard that while he was at large from the authorities he had burgled a Yarmouth home and stole £800 worth of jewellery, food and electrical items.

Yarmouth Magistrates' Court was told the 27-year-old Lithuanian had been arrested on Thursday as he checked in to a flight at Stansted airport in Essex with his twin brother to fly back home.

He had been living and working in Somerset.

Narusevicius' solicitor Kevin Batch said that as soon as he was arrested his client came clean and admitted he was a wanted man.

Sara Borthwick, prosecuting, said that last February Narusevicius headbutted and slapped his then girlfriend as she worked in an international food store in St Peter's Road, Yarmouth he was also employed at.

The arrest warrant was issued after he failed to attend the magistrates court on May19 after he had pleaded guilty to assault.

While at large he broke into a home in Ordnance Road, Yarmouth on July 8 and stole £800 worth of food, jewellery and electrical goods.

Narusevicius, who used to live in Yarmouth's Salisbury Road, of Friday pleaded guilty to the burglary. He also admitted burgling a home in South Market Road between April 6 and 9 last year and taking £1,407 of possessions.

Magistrates remanded him into custody until April 24 when he will be sentenced for the assault on his girlfriend and two burglaries.


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