Crime ram­page sees man re­turned to Poland

MAN CRASHED CAR, FLED SCENE AND AS­SAULTED OWNER OF HOUSE HE BROKE INTO

The Kerryman (North Kerry) - - NEWS - By COURT RE­PORTER

A MAN who nearly hit two walk­ers while driv­ing drunk, flipped the car off a ditch onto its roof, then fled the scene to en­ter a house a kilo­me­tre away where he punched the home­owner twice in the face got a jail sen­tence at Lis­towel Dis­trict Court on Thurs­day - sus­pended on con­di­tion that he leave Ire­land within 48 hours and re­turn to Poland.

Judge James O’Con­nor heard that Mr Ma­teusz Suchecki - of no fixed abode, Lis­towel - had suf­fi­cient money to re­turn home and also com­pen­sate his vic­tim, thanks to rel­a­tives at home in Poland get­ting the money to him.

He has been in cus­tody since his ar­rest in Bal­ly­long­ford on the day of the ram­page - Au­gust 20. Gardaí told the court he crashed into a ditch af­ter ‘nar­rowly avoid­ing’ two walk­ers, hit a ditch, flipped the car onto its roof which then slid for a num­ber of yards. “He ex­ited the ve­hi­cle and fled the scene by run­ning . He went into a neigh­bour­ing home a km away, re­moved keys from a garage then en­tered the rear door of the dwelling where he was con­fronted by the owner who he hit twice in the face with his fist,” Sgt Kieran O’Con­nell told the Court.

Gardaí caught up with Mr Suchecki shortly af­ter ar­riv­ing at the scene and he was iden­ti­fied by the walk­ers and the vic­tim; plead­ing guilty to a raft of charges from dan­ger­ous and drunken driv­ing to bur­glary at Lis­towel Dis­trict Court on Thurs­day. The court heard he had 187 mg of al­co­hol per 100mls of blood present in his sys­tem. So­lic­i­tor Pat En­right said his client ac­cepted he was ‘off his head with drink’. Judge O’Con­nor or­dered he pay €500 in com­pen­sa­tion to the vic­tim, and that he quit the coun­try in 48 hours to re­turn to Poland or face ten months’ im­pris­on­ment. Suchecki un­der­took to go home.

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