Five in court af­ter at­tack in city cen­tre

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By MATTHEW REVILLE and STEPHEN BRIGGS matthew.reville@pe­ter­bor­oughto­ @Et_reville

FIVE men have ap­peared in court to face charges re­lat­ing to an in­ci­dent that has left a young man fight­ing for his life.

Lukas Banys (20), Sarunas Gali­nis (19), Deivi­das Ma­tu­se­vi­cius (19), Ri­car­das Bar­tos (23) and Kes­tutis Baranauskas (21), all of Church Walk, Peter­bor­ough, ap­peared at Peter­bor­ough Mag­is­trates’ Court yes­ter­day.

The Lithua­ni­ans were all charged with af­fray in con­nec­tion with an in­ci­dent in Broad­way, Peter­bor­ough at 2.45am on Mon­day which left James Burke (21), of Lom­bardy Drive, Peter­bor­ough fight­ing for his life with his mother keep­ing a bed­side vigil in Ad­den­brooke’s Hospi­tal.

A sec­ond man, who is 60 years old, also suf­fered se­ri­ous but not lifethreat­en­ing in­juries and is be­ing treated at Peter­bor­ough City Hospi­tal.

The de­fen­dants all ap­peared at yes­ter­day’s court hear­ing wear­ing iden­ti­cal plain white t-shirts and navy blue track­suit bottoms.

Gali­nis, Banys and Bar­tos ap­peared in the dock to­gether first, while a sec­ond hear­ing was held for Ma­tu­se­vi­cius and Baranauskas.

They spoke only to con­firm their ad­dress and date of birth and lis­tened to the hear­ing through an in­ter­preter as the al­leged facts of the case were out­lined.

No pleas were taken dur­ing the hear­ing and only Bar­tos made a bail ap­pli­ca­tion.

How­ever chair­man of the bench ap­pear­ance: Five men have ap­peared in court charged with af­fray in re­la­tion to an in­ci­dent in Broad­way in the early hours of Mon­day morn­ing. (METP-21-0512RH22) Dr Vi­vian Thomas re­fused the ap­pli­ca­tion and re­manded all five men into cus­tody to ap­pear at the court on Fri­day, June 1.

News of Mr Burke’s in­juries have caused shock around Peter­bor­ough, with Twit­ter users ap­peal­ing for oth­ers to keep him in their thoughts through the hash­tag #pray­for­james.

A Cam­bridgeshire po­lice spokes­woman said: “The 21-year-old’s mum has kept a vigil at his bed in hospi­tal. There has been no change in his con­di­tion.”

Mr Burke’s neigh­bour Pat John­stone (59) said: “It’s just ter­ri­ble - none of us can be­lieve what has hap­pened. My wife found out about it on Tues­day night.

“James is a good boy. His mum made him get a job as soon as he fin­ished col­lege.

“He gets on well with my son Harry be­cause they are both big Arse­nal fans. You just don’t ex­pect some­thing like this to hap­pen to some­one you know.”

Harry (14) added: “I grew up with him and we are just hop­ing he pulls through. He was a very good foot­baller and we used to play to­gether.”

One neigh­bour, who asked to re­main anony­mous, said: “They are a lovely fam­ily and the mother raised James to be a nice young man. The mum is with James in hospi­tal and I think his sis­ter is stay­ing with their aun­tie.”

Mr Burke also works for O’neill’s, in Broad­way, where he has been an em­ployee for around two years.

An O’neill’s spokesman said: “James is a pop­u­lar and re­spected team mem­ber and his friends and col­leagues are, un­der­stand­ably, shocked by what has hap­pened.

“Our thoughts and best wishes are with James and his fam­ily at this dif­fi­cult time.”


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