‘KNIFE­MAN OVER­DOSED ON KIWI FRUIT’

Com­mu­nity ser­vice sen­tence for man who was dis­armed by brave passer-by

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By Stephen Briggs stephen.briggs@peter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTstephenB

email en­quiries@shawscoaches.co.uk 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

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