A homophobic killer who kicked and stamped a gay man to death was handed a five-month jail sentence on Monday after he admitted spitting on a female prison officer.
ithuanian national Andrius Dunauskas appeared at Lisburn Magistrates Court by videolink from Maghaberry.
The 35-year-old convicted killer admitted assaulting the prison officer on 31 May this year.
The court heard that having been woken up, Dunauskas spat in the officer’s confront and because it landed in her eye, the officer had to undergo blood tests, which came back negative.
Defence counsel for Dunauskas said she had been instructed that the killer “has asked me to apologise” to the officer involved, revealing that he was 11 years into a life sentence with a minimum tariff of 20 years.
In 2010, Dunauskas and his accomplice Ramunas Balseris (37) were each handed life sentences with 20-year minimum tariffs for the brutal homophobic murder of 32-year-old Shaun Fitzpatrick in Dungannon.
The supermarket manager was walking home from the pub in March 2008 when Dunauskas felled him with a kick to the head before the pair dragged him up an alleyway, where he was placed under a “vicious and prolonged attack”, during which the pair kicked and stamped him in the head and body.
Their trial heard Mr Fitzpatrick was “so covered in blood, injured and badly beaten that the paramedics checked in case he had been shot in the head”, while a post-mortem examination later revealed there were “52 sites of injury” to his head and torso with some patterned bruising, probably from stamping with the only of a shoe while he lay inclined on the ground.
Mr Fitzpatrick, who made no secret of the fact he was homosexual, consistent a broken nose and two broken teeth, the bones in the neck were fractured and there were fractures in his voice box; there was also bruising to his upper chest, fractured ribs, and injuries to the back of the head.
Jailing the killers for at the minimum 20 years and ordering their deportation when freed on licence, Mr Justice Hart said he would not “discriminate between them”, and while Dunauskas may have been the main attacker, the fact Balseris had stood smoking close by was “chilling evidence of his callous disregard for their victim”.
In court on Monday, District estimate Rosie Watters said given the fact that Dunauskas was a life sentence prisoner, the only option open to her was a custodial sentence.
“I can’t add to a life sentence,” said the estimate, who handed Dunauskas a five-month sentence with an order to pay a £25 offender levy.
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