Lithuanians jailed for savage beatings

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TWO Lithuanians have been jailed for a total of 28 years after systematically beating and setting fire to another man from the Eastern European country while in Yorkshire.

Povilas Cerskus, 24, and Vincas Baltrusaitis, 28, admitted the horrific assaults on 30-year-old Nerijus Skerys, while they were living in Byram, near Selby.

Mr Skerys was stripped and bound naked to a chair and left without medical treatment or attention after enduring the beatings.

DC Sarah Bullock, who led the inquiry, said: “This is undoubtedly one of the worst cases of physical abuse I have ever witnessed.”

The defendants entered guilty pleas two days into a trial at York Crown Court once the victim had travelled to the UK to give evidence.

Both Cerskus and Baltrusaitis were drunk at the time of the attacks, but the court heard they had given no motive.

On Thursday they were each given 14-year jail terms for the assaults, which left Mr Skerys with severe and painful scarring. Cerskus and Baltrusaitis pleaded guilty on June 14 to two counts each of causing grievous bodily harm. The victim came to the UK in September last year and lived with Cerskus and Baltrusaitis in Byram.

Between October and December 19, they both subjected Mr Skerys to repeated beatings. On two occasions, he had kerosene poured on to parts of his body and set alight.

Stephen Byrne.

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