Plastered porter paraded in public court

James Burton - Deputy News Editor 8 October 2009

A Trinity Hall house porter has been handed a suspended prison sentence for breaking into a house while under the influence of alcohol.

Piotr Glodek, of Watermead, Bar Hill, who has no recollection of the event, was told by a judge that he “richly deserved” to go to prison after breaking into a house on Milton Road, where he caused an estimated £9000 of damage. Mr Glodek had been out drinking vodka for his birthday on Sunday, 16th of May.

The occupants of the house, an elderly couple in their 60s, were away on holiday, but neighbours heard a burglar alarm and smashing noises coming from the house at 5.20 in the morning, and consequently called the emergency services. Sally Hickling, the crown prosecutor, told the court that the police found Mr Glodek “bleeding profusely” on their arrival. The Polish national smashed four windows and valuable items in the house, including an Ottoman brazier, leaving curtains and rugs covered in blood.

Miss Hickling said: “Glodek had forced an upstairs window. He tried to break copper pipes out of the airing cupboard and downstairs he used anything he could find to smash windows.” The total damage caused by the Porter was valued at £8956, and described by the judge as “inexplicable” conduct.

Mr Glodek has lived in the UK for six years, and his wife is pregnant with their first child. Gareth Hawkesworth, judging the case, took this into account along with his guilty plea when handing down a sentence. He also accepted that the house porter was of previously good character.

 “When completely drunk after your own birthday party, you entered a property, climbed in through an upstairs window and caused damage to a figure just short of £9,000”, he said. “Your conduct was inexplicable. You richly deserve to go to prison.”

Georgia Gibbs, Mr Glodek’s lawyer, commented: “He rarely goes out. He rarely drinks. For his birthday, he drank a huge amount, vodka in particular”.

The Judge gave Mr Glodek a nine month prison sentence, suspended for eighteen months, ordered him to do unpaid community work, and to pay £270 in legal costs. The matter of compensation for the house owners was adjourned until further information could be gathered about insurance claims. Judge Hawkesworth said that the victims of Mr Glodek’s break-in “should not be left one penny out of profit”.

A spokesperson for the college said: “Piotr Glodek is employed by Trinity Hall as a house porter where he is a reliable and dependable employee. Having interviewed him we accept that this was a private matter which does not affect his employment status.”

James Burton – Deputy News Editor