Man's annual Xmas-hating drinking binge
A POLISH man said he hated Christmas so much that he got very drunk and was found slumped in a Llanelli shop doorway in the middle of the afternoon.
Magistrates in Llanelli were taken aback when the 30-year-old — who was defending himself — said: "I hate Christmas and that's why I got drunk.
"I behave like that every year."
Arnold Mrowinski then asked to be electronically tagged or sent to prison — which the court refused to do.
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Magistrates explained he was only charged with being drunk and disorderly in a public place — a crime for which he can not be imprisoned.
Mrowinski, of Annesley Street, Llanelli, pleaded guilty to the offence.
Prosecutor Ellie Morgan said police were called out three times to reports of two Polish men being drunk and causing a disturbance during the day on December 14.
They spoke to the men, who went on their way, but were called out again at 1.30pm after another report.
Ms Morgan said Mrowinski was discovered lying in the doorway of a shop in John Street.
"He was preventing people from entering the shop.
"The defendant was shouting loudly in Polish and was, when police arrived, very unsteady on his feet."
She added that Mrowinski had been convicted for being drunk and disorderly in July and October of last year.
Choosing against having a solicitor, Mrowinski spoke through an interpreter and said how he hated Christmas.
He added that he had attended hospital suffering from depression.
Mrowinski was given a conditional discharge for one year and also ordered to pay £85 court costs and £315 victim surcharge.
He then asked the court: "What would happen if I didn't pay?"
He was told that he would be sent to prison if he did not pay the money in 28 days.
Mrowinski added: "Why can't I go to prison today? I would like to go to prison now."
He was told the case was now closed and dismissed from the court.