A 69-year-old man who was sleeping on a bench in Northampton’s bus station swore and made ‘karate movements’ as well as ‘throat-slitting gestures’ towards security staff after they woke him up, a court heard.
Mieczyslav Kulpa was arrested after he repeatedly used a four-letter swear word and made ‘throat-slitting’ gestures in Greyfriars bus station on Tuesday morning.
Northampton Magistrates’ Court heard today that Kulpa was in breach of a two-year anti-social behaviour order (ASBO) which bans him from causing anyone harassment, alarm or distress in a public place.
Julie Costello, prosecuting, said Kulpa had only been released from prison the previous day after serving a custodial sentence for a previous breach of the order.
Ms Costello said; “A member of staff approached Mr Kulpa and saw he was asleep. He tried to wake him up and the defendant swore at him and then laid back down and closed his eyes.
“The member of staff woke him back up again and he swore at him again and then made throat slitting gestures and started to display karate movements.”
Ms Costello said Kulpa eventually had to be restrained and police officers were called out to arrest him.
In interview, Kulpa claimed that he had been saying swear words to himself and had learnt the bad language when he was in prison.
John Lloyd-Jones, defending, said Kulpa was a successful businessman who had been living in the country since 2006 but had almost ‘nonexistent’ English language speaking skills apart form a “few choice words” learnt in prison.
Mr Lloyd-Jones said Kulpa had fallen down the stairs in prison and suffered an injury to his back.
He said his client had been trying to explain to staff at the bus station that he was in pain and need to lie down.
John Jelley, presiding magistrate, said Kulpa’s record was “horrendous” and he must be given a custodial sentence.
Mr Jelley said: “You are a prolific offender and we believe you are a social nuisance.”
Kulpa, of Clifton Road, Devon, was sentenced to 20 weeks in jail.