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Polish worker punched hotel security guard after arriving in Belfast drunk

By Alan Erwin

A Polish worker punched a hotel security guard after arriving drunk in Belfast, a court heard today.

Robert Piotr Klimaszewski was handed a two-month suspended prison sentence after pleading guilty to the weekend assault.

The 43-year-old is now set to be flown back home following his conviction.

Klimaszewski was arrested at the Etap Hotel on the city's Dublin Road late on Sunday night.

Belfast Magistrates' Court heard a member of security staff was punched on the lip as he tried to escort him from the premises.

The defendant speaks little English and has no memory of the incident because he was so drunk, a judge was told.

Defence solicitor Roy O'Neill said Klimaszewski had only just arrived from Poland at the time.

"He made his way to the Etap Hotel and unfortunately let alcohol get the better of him," Mr O'Neill told the court.

"He's extremely remorseful and ashamed of his actions, and made an apology to the security guard during interview."

The lawyer also disclosed: "At this moment there are flights being (booked) for him returning to Poland - he was here on an employment contract."

Following the guilty plea District Judge Ken Nixon imposed two months imprisonment, suspended for two years.

He warned Klimaszewski: "If you appear back in this court or any other court relating to this you will serve that time."

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