A MAN who beat his pregnant girlfriend after a row and resisted arrest for breaking his bail conditions has been handed a community order.
Egidijus Cesnaitis’ partner was nine-weeks’ pregnant when he struck her at her Burton home in October, magistrates at the town’s court were told.
The 26-year-old Lithuanian also admitted a separate assault on Christmas Day, a charge of criminal damage and struggling with PC Roberts when she tried to arrest him four days later for being in breach of his bail conditions.
Cesnaitis, of Albert Street, Burton, entered the guilty plea on the basis that he could not remember the exact date of the assault in October.
Two months on from that assault, Cesnaitis hit his partner again on Christmas Day, Helen Newport, prosecuting, told the court.
On December 29, PC Roberts visited his partner’s home as part of a routine visit only to spot the pair together in the lounge through the window.
When the constable tried to arrest Cesnaitis for breaching his bail conditions he became aggressive, struggled and shouted in Lithuanian, Mrs Newport said.
She said: “As a result of the defendant’s actions, PC Roberts drew her baton and attempted to strike his legs. Following this, the defendant struggled less.”
Mrs Newport added that Cesnaitis told police he had agreed to visit his partner after she sounded upset when he spoke to her over the phone.
Cesnaitis then spent 22 days in custody after he was arrested.
Sukhi Ark, defending, told the court his client had pleaded guilty to the offences at the earliest opportunity.
He said also appealed to the magistrates to take the views of Cesnaitis’ partner, who did not support the prosecution into account.
Presiding magistrate Mariska Faint-Uffen placed Cesnaitis on a community order for two years and ordered him to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work.
Cesnaitis must also pay £145 in court costs and a victim surcharge.