Migrant hit teenager after music row

Preston Crown Court
Preston Crown Court
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A POLISH migrant subjected to “extreme provocation” from a noisy neighbour finally snapped and attacked two youngsters.

Preston Crown Court heard how Marcin Kulakowski assaulted a 16-year-old boy, punching and kicking the teenager and causing a complex fracture to his left eye socket.

A girl who had also been visiting the address at the time was hit in the face.

But Judge Andrew Woolman was told Kulakowski had snapped after a neighbour made his life purgatory, constantly playing loud music and shouting at him, at the address on Westmorland Avenue, Blackpool.

The 24-year-old admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm and common assault.

But the prosecution accepted during sentencing he had previously contacted police due to antagonism he had experienced.

Paul Cummings, prosecuting, said the offences dated back to August 23 last year at a three-storey terraced building which was supported accommodation for young people.

Kulakowski lived next door and had had an ongoing dispute with one of the occupants, on that day, centring on the playing of loud music.

Police had visited the noisy neighbour and warned him about his behaviour. But he continued to have a loud party.

As the boy and girl left they met Kulakowski as they made their way down to the communal external exit.

He hit the girl in the face and punched the boy to the floor before kicking him four or five times while he lay prone.

The defendant stopped and apologised immediately.

Chris Hudson, defending, said it looked as though the teenage victims had little to do with the row prior to the attack.

The defendant, who has a degree in administration, came to this country to try to better himself but had a fiancee in Poland and intended to return to his homeland.

Mr Hudson added: “While he was in Blackpool he was subjected to racial harassment, probably because he was working and nobody else was. He was working extremely long hours.

“The man next door was making his life purgatory.

“In the end, he lost his self control. As soon as he realised he had gone over the top – because he is a decent chap, he stopped and apologised. He had been pushed beyond his limits.”

Judge Woolman told Kulakowski: “In my judgment, you were subjected to serious provocation over a long period of time.”

He was given 12 months prison, suspended for two years, with an order to do 200 hours unpaid work and pay the injured boy £1,000 compensation.