Fine for rowdy drinker who refused to leave park when police asked

Court news.
Court news.

A man who refused to leave Central Park in Boston when police asked him to move on has been fined for his rowdy behaviour.

Darius Lukosevicius, 29, Main Ridge East, Boston, appeared before Boston Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, pleading guilty to using threatening words or behaviour .

Prosecutor Shelley Wilson said police were called to the park at 12.45pm, on September 23 due to the behaviour of a group believed to be in drink.

She said they requested the men leave and most did. However, Lukosevicius refused and continued singing, shouting and swearing – despite being told their were families and small children present.

Lukosevicius, who was unrepresented, spoke through a translator to say he had been celebrating Lithuania taking second place in a European sports competition.

He said he did not feel bad because ‘he was singing the song for victory and there was nothing wrong about that.’ He said his swearing had not been aimed at the police and that he had ‘been arrested for nothing’.

District Judge John Stobart said: “Of your friends, who were with you celebrating that victory, you will find that those who went along with police and left the park didn’t spend any time in the cells, were not arrested, are not here pleading guilty to section five of the public order act.

“It was your choice to stand your ground and not do what the police were asking, I don’t blame them at all for trying to keep order in a park to which children are encouraged to come and who would be frightened at the sight of people in drink acting in the way I have heard described.”

He ordered Lukosevicius to pay a £75 fine, a £20 victim surcharge and £85 costs.