Threw glass from apartment during festival

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A Lithuanian man who threw glasses from his second floor apartment almost hit people attending the Clipper festival, a court has heard.

Jevgenij Slavnij, (30), of Queens Court, admitted behaviour likely to breach the peace, attempted common assault and assaulting police.

His co-accused, Tomas Kulaitis, also of Queens Court, pleaded guilty to assaulting police on June 22.

Derry Magistrates Court heard that stewards at the festival had to cordon off the area, after glasses were thrown from a second floor flat and almost hit members of the public.

Police went to the apartment and spoke to Slavnij. Kulaitis then came into the room and was aggressive and abusive to the officers.

The court heard he reached for an officers hand and bent his finger back causing pain and swelling.

Both men were arrested and during police interview Slavnij said he had thrown a few cans and glasses out of the window. He claimed he had not intended to hit anyone in particular and didn’t mean any harm.

Defence solicitor Paddy MacDermott said Slavnij behaved in a ‘very foolish and uncharacteristic manner’ on this day.

He added that the 30-year-old accepted his behaviour was ‘exceptionally reckless, entirely unwarranted and could have led to someone being hurt’.

The solicitor told the court that Kulaitis got a ‘shock’ when he saw police and regrets his behaviour.

District Judge Barney McElholm fined Kulaitis £200 and ordered him to pay £100 compensation to the officer.

He adjourned the sentencing of Slavnij until August 15 for a probation report.