‘KNIFEMAN OVERDOSED ON KIWI FRUIT’
Community service sentence for man who was disarmed by brave passer-by
email email@example.com A man ran barefoot down a city street clutching two knives after he ‘overdosed’ on kiwi fruit and vitamin tablets - which could have led to hallucinations. Piotr Oleksy (40) ran into the Park Medical Centre with two large knives on August 28 this year.
Vinney King and his father Bernard O’Mahoney were passing, and managed to disarm Oleksy while police were on the way.
Oleskysaidhewasrunning with the knives as he believed he was being chased
Yesterday ( Wednesday) he appeared at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court where he pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing a knife in a public place.
The court was told the Polish national had been to see his doctor following the incident, andsaidhehadbeen taking ‘a lot of vitamins’ in the lead up to the offence.
A report from the proba- tion service said: “He told his doctor he had taken a lot of vitamins, including vitamin C and amino acids supplements, and also half a kilo of kiwi fruit. Hewastoldanoverdose of vitamins could lead to hallucinations.”
Giles Beaumont, prosecuting, told the court: “It was about 1.30pm on a Sunday afternoon, Mr King was in the car with his family driving downParkRoadwhenhesawa man in some distress. He said hewascarryingalargecarving knife, holding the blade close to his arm.”
Mr King slowed down to keep pace with the man, but decided not to stop as he had children in the car.
Mr Beaumont said Mr King described Oleksy as ‘distressed, rather than angry.’
MrKingeventuallystopped the car and found Oleksy in the medical centre.
Mr Beaumont said: “When MrKingwentintothemedical centre, he found the pharmacist was ‘shaken up.’
“Mr King went out to call the police, and when he came back, the defendant was sitting i n a chair i n a room, clearly distressed. Mr King
Hero: Vinney King tackled the knifeman Arrested: Piotr Oleksy, pictured above
Mr King, the knives seized, and the arrest of Mr Oleksy