Shop staff assaulted in struggle over phone case

STEALING a phone case and then assaulting shop staff has ended in court for a 31-year-old man.

Oleg Amossenkov, of Terminus Road, Eastbourne, appeared before the town’s magistrates on Friday (August 8) where he pleaded guilty to a charge of theft and also two counts of assault.

The court heard that Amossenkov had committed the offences on Saturday, July 23.

He left the O2 store in the Arndale Centre with a £24.99 Diesel phone case out of frustration because he had been left waiting to be served for some time, the court was told.

Another shopper alerted the staff to the theft and then two members of staff, one who was a special constable, tried to detain him outside.

There was a struggle and Amossenkov slapped the arms of both staff members causing some reddening.

In police interview, the defendant admitted stealing the phone case but denied the assault.

Stuart Grace, defending, said that Amossenkov was from Estonia and was not familiar with the laws of this country and didn’t understand the assault by beating charge before the court.

“There was just some reddening to the arm,” said Mr Grace.

“He is a polite man and he speaks good English.”

Mr Grace described the incident as a ‘low level assault’.

Magistrates fined Amossenkov £133 for the theft and £67 for each assault. He was also ordered to pay £85 in court costs and a £15 surcharge.