VIDEO: Second man sentenced in connection with Rugby assault

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A second man has been sentenced following a violent assault in Rugby in 2014.

Nerijus Kiaune, address unknown, was convicted of a section 18 assault (wounding with intent) at Warwick Crown Court on Wednesday, May 11.

The 28-year-old was sentenced to six years and four months in prison. This is to run consecutively to the two year, eight month sentence he is currently serving for unrelated offences.

He will be deported at the end of his sentence.

The assault happened at around 6.30pm on Tuesday, October 28 2014 at Josies off licence on Church Street, Rugby.

Three men violently assaulted the lone shop keeper of the store following a verbal confrontation.

His sentence follows that of Modestas Vaitkevicius, 25, address unknown, who was sentenced to eight years in prison in June 2015.

Kiuane’s conviction follows the release of CCTV footage by Warwickshire Police at the time of Vaitkevicius’s sentencing. The third suspect remains outstanding, but it is hoped that he may still be identified by the footage. In the video Kiaune (who is wearing a green jacket) can be seen swinging a cue at the shop keeper.

The shop keeper suffered life changing injuries, including a fracture to his back, permanent scarring to his forehead and a fracture to his thumb, resulting in him not being able to use it any more.

Detective Constable Unett said: “Since Vaitkevicius was convicted we have managed to identify and convict a second man involved. The shocking level of violence used by both Kiaune and Vaitkevicius is unacceptable in society and the sentence received demonstrates it will not be tolerated. I am pleased justice has now caught up with Kiaune and hope the shop keeper is able to continue his recovery from the incident that undoubtedly had a huge physical and psychological impact on him.”

Anyone who recognises the outstanding suspect (shown in the footage wearing a blue top and black gillet) is urged to call police on 101, quoting incident number 304 of October 28 2014.

Alternatively, the independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or via their website: www.crimestoppers-uk.org