Arrested man – ‘I want a cigarette first’

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Police were forced to subdue an arrested man who refused to go with them without first smoking a cigarette.

Officers were called to the Spalding home of Jevgeuij Rubikis after he punched a double-glazed window, breaking the exterior pane of glass, during an argument with his wife and friends.

Shelly Wilson, prosecuting, said police were called to the Laureate Grove address after Rubikis broke the window, cutting his hand, at about 4.30pm on November 11.

Mrs Wilson said Rubikis was arrested on suspicion of causing the damage, but refused to leave the address without first smoking a cigarette.

When this wasn’t allowed, he “started throwing his arms and body around and he eventually threw himself on the floor”.

She said incapacitant spray was used so the officers could restrain him.

At the police station, Rubikis said his relationship with his wife had broken down and he was in the process of leaving her to establish another relationship.

Mrs Wilson said Rubikis told police that some of his friends had tampered with his car, he became angry about that and accepted he had broken the window by punching the pane of glass.

He resisted the police officers because “he wanted to display his distress” to his wife.

Mrs Wilson said Rubikis specifically apologised to the police officers involved.

Rubikis (32) was fined a total of £100 when he pleaded guilty to resisting police and criminally damaging a window.

Spalding magistrates on Thursday ordered him to pay £260 compensation and £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

Speaking through an interpreter, Rubikis told the court he had resolved his difficulties with his wife and they were living together as family again.

He apologised to the court and said he damaged the window as a result of “family problems”.