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Lithuanian street robber broke driver's finger during handbag snatch

By John Cassidy

Published 04/06/2015

A Lithuanian street robber who broke a female motorist's finger during a handbag snatch has been handed a 30-month sentence
A Lithuanian street robber who broke a female motorist's finger during a handbag snatch has been handed a 30-month sentence

A Lithuanian street robber who broke a female motorist's finger during a handbag snatch has been handed a 30-month sentence.

Tomas Bagdzius (31), of the Simon Community Hostel on Henry Street in Ballymena, pleaded guilty at Belfast Crown Court to a total of 22 offences committed across south Belfast between September 2013 and February 2014.

These included 13 counts of theft, two of going equipped for theft, attempted theft, two of possessing criminal property and two counts of handling stolen goods, and one each of burglary and robbery.

Father-of-one Bagdzius - who had a previous criminal record in Lithuania for robbery, dishonesty and drug offences - was told by Judge Gordon Kerr QC that he will spend 15 months in jail, and the rest on licence after release.

During one robbery in September 2013, Bagdzius approached a car in south Belfast on a pushbike, opened a door and stole the female driver's handbag. She sustained a broken finger and damaged tendons. Saying that during this robbery the "innocent" woman was "vulnerable", Judge Kerr told Bagdzius: "This behaviour cannot be tolerated."

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