Kastytis Spadavicius came from Lithuania to London and arrived at Victoria coach station in the early hours of April 14, Bristol Crown Court was told.
He agreed to pay taxi driver Shahnawaz Razaq £250 for a ride to Bristol, but when he was driven to Bristol Temple Meads he failed to pay and produced a knife when challenged.Great! Thanks, free movement within the EU!
Spadavicius was arrested and refused to talk unless he was given a cigarette. That didn't happen and he remained silent, the court heard.Mitigation should be quite amusing…
Sam Jones, defending, said though his client had later told a probation officer he had stabbed and shot people before, he no longer accepted that.
Mr Jones said it was Spadavicius' case that he carried a blade for work in Lithuania, and he had not used it as a weapon or been convicted for having it.‘When in Rome, Spadavicius…’
Judge Susan Evans QC remanded him in custody until May 14, to give the Crown Prosecution Service the time to clarify his convictions in Lithuania before sentence.One to watch.