EXCLUSIVE: Wanted Polish fugitive in roof stand off with police extradition unit


POLICE spent an hour talking a wanted Polish fugitive down from the roof of a building after they moved to arrest him.

The stand off came as an extradition unit moved in on Mariusz Petruczynik, 45, at an undisclosed location last week.

He is wanted in Poland for six offences including burglary and theft and belonging to a criminal organisation.

He appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court (above) on Saturday and was remanded in custody ahead of a future extradition hearing.

Bail was refused because he is "likely to abscond" and due to the "nature and seriousness of offence." his previous character and criminal record" and the "amount of money found on arrest," a record of the hearing stated.

The court record added that the circumstances of the arrest were also a factor, adding: "It took one hour to talk you down from the roof."

Petruczynik will be allowed to make a second bail application.

Fellow Pole Conrad Nowak, 26, of an unknown address was also arrested at an undisclosed location last week and appeared at the same court the same day.

He is wanted by Poland for five offences including battery, burglary and theft.

Nowak was also remanded in custody ahead of the extradition case due to his criminal record and bail history.

A final extradition case heard the same day was that of Imre Norbert Keri, 31, of an unknown address also arrested at an undisclosed location last week.

He is wanted in Hungary for forging a document.

Bail was refused and he was remanded in custody ahead of the extradition case.

Since several eastern European countries were given EU free movement rights from 2004 there was a dramatic increase in the number of extradition cases at the court, as previously revealed by Essex News and Investigations.


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