Man jailed today for running amok in Grantham park

Court news.
Court news.

A homeless man who “ran amok” in a Grantham park was today (Friday) jailed for eight months.

Merek Wrobel, 36, smeared his own blood on two members of the public who were enjoying a sunny Sunday afternoon on the Paddocks in Grantham.

Lincoln Crown Court heard Wrobel also exposed himself in the view of women and children and threw a beer can at a police officer when they were called to the scene.

Stuart Lody, prosecuting, told the court: “The Sunday afternoon of 18 May was a pleasant day and people were in the Paddocks enjoying the open air.

“It would seem Wrobel was sleeping rough in the Paddocks at the time and had been drinking. He took exception to two people who were in the park and he became threatening and abusive.

“He then threw bottles at three men. When one of the men threw a bottle back it struck him on the body causing him to bleed. He smeared blood on his face and chest, and stripped down to his shorts.”

The court heard Wrobel exposed himself when a man asked him to put his clothes back on. Mr Lody said there were women and children present, and Wrobel began shouting at the women, calling them “ugly”.

Wrobel smeared his own blood on two men who were in the park and was then chased by police officers after they were called to the incident.

During the chase Wrobel threw a beer can at a police officer which hit him on the shoulder and exposed his bottom, Mr Lody added.

Wrobel, of no fixed address, admitted three charges of common assault, one charge of exposure and one charge of outraging public decency on May 18.

Tony Stanford, mitigating, told the court: “He has a difficulty with alcohol and tends to binge drink which lies at the root of this offending.

“His wife leaving him led to this spiral.”

Passing sentence Judge Michael Heath told Wrobel there could be no alternative to a prison sentence.

“This was unpleasant for those who had to witness it,” Judge Heath said.