A van driver who after setting himself ablaze with a hand sanitiser and rushing at a judge, unleashed terror has been jailed.
Kamil Kalwarski, 38, after unexpectedly pouring flammable contents over himself and setting it alight, staggered towards District Judge Timothy Capstick.
Prior to being wrestled to the ground by two police officers at Teeside Magistrates Court, the Polish national pulled court clerk Wendy Brown to the floor.
When he appeared in the dock for violation of a restraining order from contacting his estranged wife, the dad-of-two had threatened to set the judges’ eyes on fire.
After emailing threats to the judge prior to his hearing in July, Mail Online notes, Hand Gel was withdrawn.
But to stage his frightening protest, Kalwarski managed to sneak in the anti-bacterial gel and a lighter to the court room.
With burns on his left arm, ear and some of his hair burned off the defendant was taken to the hospital.
After being released home later that day, he refused to apologize, arguing that he was not being handled fairly” by the courts and merely meant to hurt himself.
But on August 12, Kalwarski, from Grangetown, Middlesbrough, was arrested again after an army bomb disposal team was called to his house, leading to a six-hour police standoff.
He has now been sentenced at Teeside Crown Court for 18 months by Judge Paul Watson QC, after admitting a variety of offences related to the fire incident, as well as malicious communications offences and regularly violating a non-molestation order.
Paul Abrahams, a lawyer, said that his relationship with his wife had broken down and last year she was given a non-molestation order that Kalwarski violated regularly, sharing images taken on social media near her home and messaging her on Facebook.
He sent intimidating emails to the magistrates’ court in July, saying in one he was going to be setting fire to the eyes of the judges” before that month’s appearance.
In a victim’s statement, District Judge Capstick said that due to the court’s configuration, he had not feared for his own safety, but he was concerned for the court staff.
Steven Reed, mitigating, said that his client had never wanted to harm anybody else, only himself, and that he had written an apology to Mrs. Brown.
At the time, he was said to have an adjustment disorder triggered by his sense of failure and a feeling of injustice, a known mental health condition.
Judge Watson said the incident in the courtroom was an extraordinary and uncalled for outburst” which for the clerk must have been “terrifying”
“(It must have been genuinely frightening for those who were present at the time. Fortunately you were wrestled to the floor and the small fire to your arm was put out.”(It) must have been genuinely scary. Fortunately, you were wrestled to the floor and the small fire on your arm was put out.
A two-year restraining order was imposed by the court, holding Kalwarski away from his ex-partner.