Belfast Telegraph

Woman 'spat on autistic three-year-old' in the street, court hears

Inga Maksvityte appeared before Belfast Magistrates' Court on Saturday.
Inga Maksvityte appeared before Belfast Magistrates' Court on Saturday.

By Paul Higgins

A woman allegedly spat on a three-year-old autistic boy in the street, a court has heard.

Standing handcuffed in the dock of Belfast Magistrates Court, 36-year-old Inga Maksvityte confirmed through an interpreter that she understood the four charges against her.

Lithuanian National Maksvityte, with an address at Zardininku Street in Klaipeda, is charged with using disorderly behaviour on Royal Avenue, indecently exposing her breasts "intending that someone would see them and be caused alarm".

She is also charged with indecent behaviour and common assault. All offences are alleged to have occurred on February 28 this year.

It is understood the charges arise following an incident in Royal Avenue when Maksvityte allegedly defecated in the street after spitting on the boy.

Giving evidence to the court on Saturday, Constable Bloomer said he believed he could connect Maksvityte to each of the offences and that police were objecting to bail.

He told the Court police feared that with Maksvityte giving an address in Lithuania with “no ties to Northern Ireland, we believe there is a risk of flight.

“Regarding the facts of the case, prior to police arrival the defendant is alleged to have spat on a three-year-old autistic boy and there doesn’t seem to be any justification for this so police believe there is a risk to the public from her behaviour,” said the constable.

Maksvityte was shouting in a mix of unintelligible English and Lithuanian, leading District Judge Liam McNally to warn defence counsel Stuart Magee “she is not assisting her case for bail.”

With Maksvityte continuing to shout, Judge McNally declared “I will not be granting bail - maybe she will have settled down by Wednesday.”

Remanding Maksvityte into custody, he ordered her to appear again on Wednesday via videolink.

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