A child-snatcher has been jailed for attempting to abduct a three-year-old boy from Aldi – but was thwarted by the toddler’s seven-year-old brother.
Sergejus Paskevicius, 60, from Heywood in Rochdale, was arrested and charged for child abduction in July last year.
CCTV footage showed him standing by the bagging area of an Aldi in Heywood before he attempted to talk to a young child at around 5.45pm on July 23, 2022.
In what the boys’ mother described as ‘every parent’s worst nightmare’, Paskevicius then picked up the toddler and started to walk away from the store.
Sergejus Paskevicius (pictured), 60, has been jailed for three years and two months for chid abduction
Paskevicius attempted to take a toddler from an Aldi in Heywood, Rochdale (pictured)
The boy’s older brother luckily came to the rescue and grabbed his sibling’s leg before their mother could take them to safety.
Speaking about the seven-year-old hero, his mother said: ‘My son can’t go and do normal things like go to the park, to the circus, or to the shops.’
Robert Elias, mitigating, said Paskevicius may have ‘wanted some affection or a cuddle’, the Sun reported.
But when sentencing, Judge Tina Landale said that if it was not for the older brother, ‘you would have taken him away, right out of the shop’.
Paskevicius initially pleaded guilty to child abduction but then vacated his plea.
He was jailed for three years and two months at Manchester Crown Court (Minshull St).
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