Fresh CCTV appeal after violent Rugby attacker jailed

Rugby police
Rugby police

Police have reissued CCTV footage of a violent assault in a Rugby off licence to track down two offenders after one was jailed this week.

Three men went into Josies in Church Street on October 28 last year, violently attacking the shopkeeper and hurling verbal abuse.

One of the men, Modestas Vaitkevicius was jailed on Thursday, and police are hoping to now track down the other two men pictured in the video footage.

Vaitkevicius, 25, of no known address, was convicted of assault and wounding with intent at Warwick Crown Court on June 11 where he was sentenced to eight years in prison and to be deported on his release.

During the incident Vaitkevicius, pictured in black clothing, assaulted the 30-year-old shop keeper by kicking him and throwing heavy glass jars and tins.

The shopkeeper suffered “life changing injuries” including a fracture to his back, permanent scaring to his forehead and a fracture to his thumb which he can no longer use.

Modestas Vaitkevicius

Modestas Vaitkevicius

Vaitkevicius was caught after Warwickshire Police found his fingerprints at the scene and was arrested after being tracked down to in Essex in January.

The two other suspects are believed to be of Lithuanian origin, but could be living anywhere in the UK.

They are thought to have links to Essex, Hampshire and Birmingham.

DC Gareth Unett from Warwickshire Police said: “The victim in this case is a shopkeeper who was purely trying to earn a living when these men attacked him with a shocking level of violence.

The victim in this case is a shopkeeper who was purely trying to earn a living when these men attacked him with a shocking level of violence

DC Gareth Unett

“The incident will impact on him for the rest of his life.

“We are pleased with the eight year sentence Vaitkevicius has received but are still working to identify the other men involved and urge anyone who recognises them to come forward.”

Anyone with information can contact police on 101, or via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.