Leeds addict harassed sisters and elderly aunt as he demanded money and things to sell

Great George Street in Leeds
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An addict who assaulted his own sister and harassed his family for money to buy drugs has been jailed.

Dawid Kapuscinski's behaviour had become more "erratic" and "aggressive" in the months prior to two separate incidents in December last year, his family said.

The 35-year-old had been dealing an issue to substances and alcohol, Leeds Crown Court heard on Thursday, before he assaulted his sister.

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Prosecutor Jeremy Barton said it was on December 4 last year that Kapuscinski, of Great George Street in Leeds, turned up at the home of his sister demanding money. He said: "He went to her house several times, beginning at around 9am seeking money or things to sell - she assumes for drink or drugs. When she refused to let him in or give him anything he went away and returned an hour later and this happened a couple of times that day.

"On the first visit he had blood on his hands and said it was from fighting. When he was refused money by her, he became aggressive and was shouting abuse. She said it got worse and at around 4pm that day she decided she had had enough and called the police. While waiting for them she went outside to make him back off. There was a confrontation between them and that became physical."

The court heard the woman tried to get her brother out of her garden and he began to pick up items and throw them at her. He then struck her on the head as she tried to "scramble" up the stairs away from him. It was said Kapuscinski was arrested and interviewed before being bailed. Despite this, on Christmas Eve, he went to the home of his 70-year-old aunt who said she had been "tortured" by him in her own home.

Mr Barton said: "She described his behaviour increasing over the two months before. At 2pm she heard loud banging on her window and it was him. He was using a crutch and demanding to be let inside and asking for money."

One of Kapuscinski's sisters was also present and described seeing him "covered in blood" which was smeared onto the window and door.

Mr Barton added: "He struck the front door with such force it made holes in it. His aunt was terrified and hid in the kitchen. She was scared he was going to get inside and terrified of what would happen if he did. His sister hid and they called the police but he continued to try and get in.

"The police arrived a short time after 2pm just after he had left the property. While [the police were] speaking to the women, the defendant walked past the property and they pointed him out. Officers went to speak to him and noticed he had blood on his hands and was incoherent - he appeared to be under the influence. A van was requested and while waiting, he became erratic and difficult to control - shouting in Polish."

Kapuscinski was arrested and declined legal advice. He accepted he had damaged his aunt's front door but said he had been clean from drugs, but had been taking subutex for nine months. He said he was sorry but had gone to wish season's greetings to his family.

In a victim impact statement, Kapuscinski's aunt told the court: "While Dawid was not in prison and in my address almost every day it was torture. I couldn't sleep and in the day I was on edge in anticipation of him arriving and banging on the door all of the time. I didn't feel at peace at all. When he was in prison I felt better and safer in myself..."

Mitigating, Victoria Smithswain, said: "He has been here 20 years. I understand yesterday the Home Office was notified and he is aware he won't immediately be released upon his release date as there may be further detention until his status is resolved."

His Honour Judge Ray Singh jailed Kapuscinksi for nine months for affray, common assault and criminal damage, which he had gone on to plead guilty to. The judge said: "These are despicable and mean offences you have committed against those who have cared about you and provided you with a home and tried to look after you.

"But despite that, you abused the friendship and trust of those close family relationships."

Kapuscinski was also made the subject of a five-year restraining order.

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