Grandmother’s relief as attacker who injured her in King’s Lynn Sainsbury’s and fled to Germany is jailed
A thief who injured an elderly woman outside a King's Lynn supermarket and fled to Germany has been jailed for 30 months.
Alexsandrs Kukuskins, 28, entered the Sainsbury's store at the Vancouver Centre at around 3.30pm on April 6 last year and stole a bottle of alcohol.
As he ran from the store he knocked 68-year-old Ann Banyard, of Gaywood, to the floor, leaving her with injuries which required surgery.
Yesterday she watched as Kukuskins, who will be deported after serving time in jail, was sentenced at Norwich Crown Court.
The grandmother, who was left with a broken arm and leg injuries, said: 'I wanted to see what he looked like.
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'I wanted it to be dealt with, I wanted it out of my mind. He never stopped, he never felt sorry, he couldn't care less.
'The first thing I said when he was sentenced was 'thank god'. It was a relief, but I have got to live with this for the rest of my life.'
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Officers arrested Kukuskins on the same day he ran from Sainsbury's and he was released on bail, pending further inquiries.
However, Kukuskins fled the UK and a European Arrest Warrant was issued.
Officers traced him to Germany, where he was arrested and brought back to the UK on March 11 this year.
Kukuskins pleaded guilty to theft, grievous bodily harm and failing to surrender to police at Norwich Magistrates' Court on March 4.
PC Ian Sloan, investigating officer, said: 'Kukuskins has shown no remorse or humility throughout the whole process, even going to the length of trying to hide across Europe to escape his punishment.
'On this occasion we have seen first-hand that the system may take time but that it does work.
'I hope today enables the victim in this case to move on from what has been an incredibly traumatic time for her and her family.'