This is the face of a man who has been jailed more then 16 years after he and a friend terrorised a city shopkeeper who they demanded give them free alcohol in a festive raid.

Jakub Szweczak, 45, admitted affray after being a "drunken nuisance" at the City Convenience Store on Christmas Day 2007 but then fled, running away to London.

Eastern Daily Press: City Convenience Store, Magdalen Street, NorwichCity Convenience Store, Magdalen Street, Norwich (Image: Peter Walsh, Newsquest)For more than a decade and a half the Polish national had evaded justice after failing to appear for his 2008 sentencing as his partner was pregnant and he "didn't want to be in prison" when she gave birth.

But Szweczak was arrested this year and appeared at court earlier this month when he was jailed for 18 months as a result of the aid at the Magdalen Street shop.

Eastern Daily Press: Magdalen Street, NorwichMagdalen Street, Norwich (Image: Newsquest)A custody image was not available for Szweczak at the time he was sentenced but after being contacted by this paper police have tracked down a custody image at the time of his arrest.

Sergeant Amanda Baker, who led the investigation back in 2007, said: "This sentence is the perfect reminder that no matter how much time has passed, we will not stop looking to prosecute those who have committed crimes in our county.”

Norwich Crown Court heard Szweczak was "drunk and unsteady on his feet" when he and his friend tried to purchase alcohol from the store but was refused.

Eastern Daily Press: Norwich Crown CourtNorwich Crown Court (Image: Peter Walsh, Newsquest)He asked for "free alcohol" but was refused and purchased vodka before swearing at staff.

After being refused alcohol from the store on one occasion they banged on a passing BMW car behaving "aggressively" resulting in a neighbouring cafe owner having to "lock the door and turn off the lights".

Szweczak and his friend then started behaving aggressively in front of a Mercedes car in which were a family, including two small children.

Eastern Daily Press: Custody image of Jakub Szweczak from 2007Custody image of Jakub Szweczak from 2007 (Image: Norfolk Constabulary)The pair repeatedly returned to the store, at one point being given a bottle of alcohol which they broke against the shop window, before trying to get more "free alcohol".

During the incident they were chased out of the store by one of the shopkeepers with a piece of wood before they returned a final time with Szweczak's co-defendant holding a rusty knife.

Police were called and they were arrested.

Jailing Szweczak Judge Katharine Moore said he had "quite deliberately absented yourself" and in so doing "evaded justice for a substantial period of time".