Man broke stranger’s nose over spilt drink in bar

A man elbowed a stranger in the face, breaking his nose and four teeth, because he didn’t clean up a spilt drink.

Thursday, 17th October 2019, 10:59 am
Court news. NNL-170524-154443005

Arturas Kulberkis was drinking with a group of men at the Cromwell’s Bar, in Huntingdon High Street, on 23 March of last year when the victim, a man in his 20s, sat down at his table.

About 10 minutes after joining the group the victim, who was not known to Kulberkis accidently spilt his beer. He was told by another man to clean it up, as it had gone over the table, but the victim said he needed to clean himself up first.

In response, Kulberkis, 30, elbowed him in the face, breaking his nose and four of his teeth. The victim immediately left and got a taxi home. Two days later, after having his injuries treated in hospital, he reported the assault to police.

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In police interview Kulberkis, of Thongsley, Huntingdon, said he had been scared and thought the victim was going to attack him.

However, at Peterborough Crown Court on 14 October, he pleaded guilty to assault occasioning ABH and was sentenced to 26 weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for 18 months.

In addition he was told to pay £1,900 compensation.

Sergeant Richard Diggle said: “Despite saying in interview he wasn’t a fighter, Kulberkis clearly had no issue engaging in unnecessary violence in a public place. The victim, who was on a night out just hours before his birthday, had shown no sign of wanting to cause a fight and must have been shaken by Kulberkis’s unpredictable and violent behaviour.”