Homeless man released after bid to get arrested

A case of a homeless Polish man causing a disturbance in the Bridewell Garda Station, Cork, just to get arrested in order to get off the streets ended yesterday.
Homeless man released after bid to get arrested

It began on September 9 when 27-year-old Borris Sztukiewicz, of no fixed address, walked into the Bridewell and then ran towards the cell area, which is off-limits to the public.

Inspector Bill Duane said at Cork District Court yesterday that Sztukiewicz had to be held on the floor for several minutes. He told gardaí he wanted to break something.

He was charged with entering the Bridewell in Cork as a trespasser in order to interfere with property and subsequently released from the garda station.

However, a short time later he came back and did precisely the same thing again, was rearrested and charged again, and had to be taken to Cork District Court where he declined to apply for bail and ended up remanded in custody until yesterday. He was never in any kind of trouble before.

Judge John King said: “I am intrigued.” Eddie Burke, defence solicitor, said it was a peculiar case where the young man came to work in Ireland as an electrician but that his Polish qualifications were not recognised.

He found himself unable to get social welfare and did not want to burden homeless services so he decided on this approach to getting off the streets.

Mr Burke said the defendant did not seem to have the same sense of the cost of incarceration being a burden on society.

“It sounds like he doesn’t want to come out of custody,” said Judge King.

Mr Burke said Sztukiewicz now wanted to get out of jail. Mr Burke said he was an educated young man and Cork Prison was not the right place for him. Judge King said he agreed and imposed a one-month sentence backdated to September 9, which meant he was released yesterday.

Mr Burke said the defendant would not try the same stunt again to get off the streets.

His next plan is to apply to join the Irish Army.

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