Convicted murderer who made ‘threats to kill’ neighbour jailed for two years and faces deportation

Raimondas Jakstas
Raimondas Jakstas

A convicted murderer from Lithuania who threatened to kill a neighbour and his dog after being allowed free entry in to the UK has been jailed for two years at Lincoln Crown Court.

Raimondas Jakstas, 26, was allowed to enter Britain “without hindrance” despite just serving a sentence for murder in his native country.

Lincoln Crown Cout heard Jakstas armed himself with a large kitchen knife after his terrified neighbour, Steve Foster, asked him not to wake up his children at 10.30pm.

Mr Foster, who lived in flat above Jakstas in Norfolk Street, Boston, was forced to barricade his door with bicycles after Jakstas appeared at the entrance to his home.

As Mr Foster tried to ring the police Jakstas thrust the knife through his letter box and slashed it from side to side, but Mr Foster escaped injury.

It was the second time in the same day that police had been called to deal with Jakstas after he was earlier spotted throwing firecrackers in the street and abusing passing motorists.

Jakstas, who was just 16 when he was convicted of a murder in Lithuania, admitted charges of possessing a bladed article in public and threatening behaviour.

Before passing sentence on Jakstas, Judge Heath told him: “This case highlights a matter that is a legitimate public concern.

“If someone in this country is sentenced to life imprisonment for murder, and life imprisonment is the only sentence that can be passed for murder in this country, then once they are released they are subject to licence for the rest of their life and they are monitored.

“That does not appear to be the case with those who are convicted of murder in the country of your origin.

“It appears on release from prison, having served a sentence of nine years for murder, you were able to come in to this country without any hindrance, and subsequently live here without any monitoring.”

Jon Dee, prosecuting, told the court Jakstas moved to the UK after picking up convictions for two serious offences in his native Lithuania.

Mr Dee said: “The first of those occurred when he just 15 and was a robbery on 30 April 2004, but before he was sentenced he committed a second more serious offence, that is down as murder.

“That was carried out on August 27, 2005 when he was 16. For that he was convicted on 14 September 2006 and received a sentence of nine years imprisonment, concurrent with a sentence of one year and one months imprisonment for the robbery. There are no details of the offence.

“The understanding of the Border Agency is that Jakstas was released from custody four years ago and soon afterwards came to this country.”

The court heard Jakstas became involved in a neighbour dispute with Mr Foster after moving in to a block of flats in Norfolk Street, Boston. Police were twice called out to deal with the Lithuanian on 13 March, this year.

Mr Dee said: “The first incident occurred at around 11am when police were called to reports of a man letting off firecrackers. They saw Jakstas walking up and down the street, he was acting aggressively, shouting and clenching his fists towards local properties and motorists.

“He was approached by the police and asked to calm down but he continued with this behaviour. He lashed out with his arms and legs but was arrested with no injury caused.”

Jakstas was briefly held in custody but police were called out again later the same night.

Mr Dee added: “The complainant, Mr Foster lived in a flat above him. At about 10.30pm Mr Foster heard noises in the garden. He looked outside and saw Jakstas was shouting to himself, picking things up and throwing them down again.

“Mr Foster opened the window, asked Jakstas to calm down and told him that he was waking people up including his children.

“There was an exchange of words. Jakstas was abusive and threatened to come up to Mr Foster’s flat and kill him and his dog. He moved a table in the garden and tried to climb it, but failed and then threw it.

“Mr Foster then heard banging at his door. He and a housemate saw Jakstas through the glass banging on the door. Mr Foster said he was going to phone the police and they tried to barricade the door with bicycles.

“As he did this a knife came through the letter box and slashed both left and right. Mr Foster described the knife as a large kitchen knife with a serrated blade designed for cutting meat or bread.”

Police arrived and arrested Jakstas. The knife was later recovered from a neighbouring garden.

John McNally, mitigating, told the court: “He is a young man with little English. His father is not alive and his mother has cirrohsis of the liver and is only 44. On his release from custody he had come to England like many to work in food production. He realises that is not now open to him.

“In all likelihood he will be moved to an immigration centre and then deported.

“I understand from him the homicide was an assault on another that was so forceful that ribs were broken and there was a puctured lung, and death followed thereafter.

“In short it was a hands, fist and feet type rather than a weapon.”

Jailing Jakstas for two years Judge Heath added: “What you did was behave in an aggressive and unpleasant manner.”