Saturday 20 January 2018

Barefoot man was kicking front door

Pawel Szewczuk leaving Swords District Court
Pawel Szewczuk leaving Swords District Court

A man who was put out of a house he was renting and started to shout and kick at the front door following a dispute with the landlord has been sentenced to two months in prison which has been suspended.

Pawel Szewczuk (31) was instructed to leave the area by gardai but after he refused to, he was arrested and charged. He then went back to the house two hours later and continued the same abusive behaviour, Swords District Court heard.

Szewczuk, formerly of Moylaragh Rise in Balbriggan and now with an address at Crosswaite Park in Dun Laoghaire, was found guilty of using threatening and abusive behaviour and failing to comply with garda direction on March 21 at Moylaragh Rise.

The court heard Szewczuk was outside the house in his bare feet shouting and banging on the door. He was told to leave the area by gardai but failed to do so and was arrested. He later returned and when gardai arrived a second time, he fled the area. He was arrested a short time later and told gardai he just wanted to get his belongings but agreed he "lost his temper".

Defence barrister Patrick Jackson said Szewczuk, who has 14 previous convictions, argued the incident happened in the front porch of the house and not in public, but Judge Patricia McNamara said she was satisfied it happened on the street and convicted him.

Mr Jackson said the defendant had a drink problem but is doing better now and has gained employment.

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