Slashed tyres after row over music at party

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A man slashed the tyres of a car and shattered the windscreen after an argument at a barbecue turned to violence, Lincoln Crown Court was told.

Mindaugas Jonusauskas (28), who was hosting the event at his home in Sutton Bridge, confronted his victim after a dispute over the choice of music being played.

Phil Howes, prosecuting, said Jonusauskas was angry after the music he selected was changed and during an incident in the garden of the property he struck the victim.

The two men then became involved in a scuffle and although it was initially broken up the fight continued in the kitchen of the house.

Mr Howes said the second man left the house with his girlfriend and got into his car but was pursued by Jonusauskas. The victim got into his car. The defendant went outside armed with a knife. He banged on the car window trying to get in but he was unsuccessful.”

Mr Howes said that Jonusauskas then stabbed the knife into the front and back nearside tyres and used the handle of the knife to shatter the windscreen.

“This was a determined, albeit unsuccessful, attempt to get into the car.”

The victim then managed to reverse out of the driveway and drove off with his girlfriend.

Jonusauskas, of Kenzie Drive, Sutton Bridge, admitted charges of affray and damaging property arising out of the incident on March 29.

Recorder Timothy Spencer QC adjourned sentence for the preparation of a probation report and Jonusauskas was granted bail to appear back at the crown court on October 17.

The Recorder warned him: “This is an extremely serious case. The likelihood is that you will be locked up.”