Kamil Kalwarski Biography — Wiki
Kamil Kalwarski is a defendant who doused himself in hand sanitizer before setting himself ablaze in front of a shocked judge in a courtroom. Kalwarski was furious at being hauled to court for breaching a restraining order banning him from contacting his ex-partner.
The Polish national had allegedly warned court staff that he would set himself ablaze and hand sanitizer was removed from the courtroom for his appearance.
Kamil Kalwarski Age
Kamil Kalwarski, of Middlesbrough, is 38 years old.
District Judge Timothy Capstick was midway through the case when Kalwarski began staggering towards him covered in flames, pushing an usher to the floor.
However, police had already been summoned to the court because of Kalwarski’s threats and managed to wrangle him to the floor before he reached the judge.
Kalwarski was taken to the hospital and allowed home the same day. After the incident, he said: ‘This was the only way I could think of getting people to listen to me. ‘I told them what I would do and I did it. I was only intending to harm myself – I did not want anyone else to be hurt in any way.
‘So I made sure the liquid went on me and then I ignited it with a cigarette lighter. I used hand sanitizer that I use in my job.
It has a high alcohol content and it went up in flames very quickly. I don’t think I have been fairly treated by the courts and I wanted people to pay attention to what I have been through. The burns are painful of course but I don’t regret doing it at all.’
Kalwarski’s left arms were swathed in bandages and he also suffered burns to his left ear and some of his hair was burned off.
He was arrested again on August 12 as the Army’s bomb disposal team was called to his property in the Grangetown area of Middlesbrough.
What we know so far
Residents were evacuated for six hours as a result of a stand-off. Kalwarski pleaded guilty to 16 charges .
He will be sentenced at Teesside Crown Court today at 2.30 pm.
He admits three counts of sending an electronic communication to Teesside Magistrates’ Court with the intent to cause distress or anxiety between July 13 and August 8, assault by beating at Teesside Magistrates’ Court on July 16, affray at Teesside Magistrates’ Court on July 16, using threatening/abusive/insulting words/behaviour with the intent to cause/provoke unlawful violence on July 16, using threatening/abusive/insulting words/behaviour with intent to cause harassment/alarm/distress on August 12, seven counts of breaching a non-molestation order between June 19 and July 28, 2020, and two counts of breaching a non-molestation order on September 10 and September 11, 2019
At the last hearing before Teesside Crown Court, Judge Stephen Ashurst told Kalwarski: ‘The fact you’ve pleaded guilty to all these offences today is something that will count in your favour when you are sentenced.