A judge has told a Lynn man he behaved ‘like a lunatic’ in a road rage incident where he sprayed CS gas in the face of another motorist.
Tomas Janulis, 33, of Hillington Square, Lynn, was sentenced to 180 hours’ unpaid work, and ordered to pay £500 costs, at Ipswich Crown Court today, after pleading guilty to assault occasionning actual bodily harm and possession of an offensive weapon.
The incident happened on December 5 last year, as two cars came to a halt at traffic lights in the High Street, Brandon.
Michael Crimp, prosecuting, told the court Janulis got out of his car vehicle and discharged a spray containing CS gas into the
face of the other driver.
When arrested, Janulis, of Hillington Square, Kings Lynn, told officers he had been unaware that possession of the spray was illegal and that he had been acting in self-defence.
Stephen Dyble, mitigating, said the spray was legally sold in Janulis’ home country of Lithuania in pet stores as a dog deterrent.
While being aware that he was in possession of the canister, Janulis had not realised that it was illegal in the UK.
Mr Dyble said Janulis was a dedicated, hard working family man with two young children and whose father was a retired police officer in Lithuania. His mother still worked as a police officer there.
He added that the £1,222 contribution towards legal aid which Janulis had been making from his £1,700 a month income had already effectively punished him and his family.
Passing sentence, judge David Goodin told Janulis: “What you did was, as I accept, under some provocation. You got out of your vehicle and armed yourself with that stuff.
“It was a foolish, foolish decision. It was, I am persuaded, out of character. You behaved like a lunatic on this occasion.”