A man convicted of helping to conceal evidence following a savage attack which left the victims traumatised has been jailed for two years.
Mark Gidevic was cleared by a jury of taking part in the attack at a flat in Trinity Street, Boston, but the jury at Lincoln Crown Court found him guilty of doing acts intended to pervert the course of justice.
During the six week trial the jury was told that the attackers were provided a refuge by Gidevic allowing them to clean their blood-splattered car and wash their clothes and footwear.
Gidevic, 28, of Granville Street, Boston, denied perverting the course of justice but was found guilty by the jury. He also denied two charges of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and was cleared of those matters.
Stephen Evans, prosecuting, told the jury that the victims Ramunas Kaleckas and Algis Likso were smoking and chatting with a friend in the stairwell outside the flat when a group of men burst in and attacked them with weapons in a terrifying incident.
Both victims were stabbed and suffered serious injuries. Mr Kaleckas received 11 stab wounds and Mr Likso suffered a fractured skull and serious internal injuries.
The victims, who have both since returned to live in Lithuania, have also both been badly affected psychologically. Neither has since been able to work and both have been diagnosed as suffering post traumatic stress disorder.
Andris Apsitis, 36, of no fixed address, and Aleksandr Kudriasov, 42, of Glen Drive, Boston, were each found guilty of two charges of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and a further charge of perverting the course of justice as a result of the incident on 15 September 2015. Both men denied the charges. They were each jailed for 18 years.
Gidevic faced a further hearing at Lincoln Crown Court yesterday (Monday) when he was due to face a jury trial accused of robbery and blackmail in November 2012. The prosecution offered no evidence against him on those charges after he admitted a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm arising out of the incident. He was given a 12 month jail sentence for the assault to run consecutively to the two years for perverting the course of justice.
Robert Underwood, prosecuting, said Gidevic travelled from Boston to Sleaford to meet a group of men.
The men then got into Gidevic’s car where one of them was punched several times leaving him with a swollen face and cuts to his head.
Michael Cranmer-Brown, in mitigation, admitted the assault was “unpleasant” but said it happened more than three years ago.
He added “Mr Gidevic has suffered a family tragedy over the last few days. He has been very upset about that.”