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King’s Lynn man to pay compensation for cleaning bills after pooing on floor of town flat





A 42-year-old will pay more than £2,000 in compensation after defecating on the floor of an empty flat while drunk.

Karl Blyth, of Montgomery Way in Lynn, appeared at the town’s magistrates’ court on Thursday, where he pleaded guilty to criminal damage to property.

That followed an incident on May 29 which saw him break into a Longhurst Housing property in the town which had previously been subject to a closure notice.

Karl Blyth appeared at Lynn Magistrates' Court on Thursday
Karl Blyth appeared at Lynn Magistrates' Court on Thursday

Crown prosecutor Stephen Munton told magistrates that on that date, residents in surrounding properties heard banging coming from the address. The lights were on and they believed someone to have entered.

Witnesses also reported hearing someone from the property saying the words: “Oh no, don’t do this to me.”

Police were subsequently called to the scene, and they immediately noted that damage had been done to the front door. It later transpired that this damage was worth £1,700.

Blyth then exited the flat, and officers were struck by the “overwhelming smell of faeces”, according to Mr Munton.

They located the poo, as well as a pair of Blyth’s underpants. He was then arrested and taken to Lynn’s police investigation centre.

In an interview with officers, Blyth said he had been watching football at the Maid’s Head pub on Tuesday Market Place prior to his offence. He added that he tended to drink two bottles of wine per day at the time.

However, he could not recall going to the property in question – or anything else from the time he left the pub. Despite that, he did confirm the underpants found were his.

The clean-up job required afterwards cost £500, and magistrates – led by John Hare – ordered Blyth to foot the bill for that. He will also pay the £1,700 in compensation required to fix the broken door.

In mitigation, George Sorrell said: “Even though he can’t remember anything about it, he had gone in.

“He drank far too much alcohol, and I am afraid to say that alcohol has become a problem in his life.

“Up to now, while it is a problem for him, it hasn’t become a problem for anyone else. On this occasion, it is a demonstration about how the effects of alcohol can affect a person’s wellbeing.

“He really has sank to low depths in terms of this offence. It is, to be frank, disgusting, and he is the first one to recognise that. He is ashamed of himself.

“He can’t explain why he done this – he can’t explain why he damaged the door. It is a degrading offence in terms of this faeces.”

Magistrates handed Blyth no additional legal costs due to the amount he will be providing in compensation.



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