Student spared jail after racist slurs during notting hill club rampage_ ‘i’m not sending a lady to prison for this’ _ london evening standard

A photography student who went on the rampage after being turned away from a Notting Hill club for being too drunk was spared jail after a judge told her: “I’m not sending a lady to prison for something like this”.

Karolina Szumko, 18, had drunk half a bottle of vodka when she attacked staff at the Notting Hill Arts Club, hurling racist slurs at police officers and aiming kicks and punches as she was dragged away in handcuffs.

Even after her arrest, Szumko, who is in her first year of a photography degree at Kingston University, continued to rant at police, calling them “British p*****s” and telling them: “You are going to f***ing die, f***ing racists, pretend to be white but wish Merry Christmas to Muslim people.”

Hammersmith magistrates court heard the student could barely remember the outburst, on December 15 last year, in the morning, and now says she is “mortified” by her actions.

Deputy District Judge Adrian Turner on Monday sentenced the Polish-born student, who has lived in the UK for five years, to 150 hours of community and told her to pay ?200 to her victims.

“I hope you are horrified, it horrifies me”, he said.


How much do cleaning ladies make “Racially abusing and attacking police officers and security people, all in a public place, and that’s the result of drinking far more vodka than was good for you.

Spared jail: Karolina Szumko, 18, had drunk half a bottle of vodka

“I dare say you were not aware of what was going on, and I accept what happened wouldn’t have happened apart from drinking, you are genuinely sorry.

“I’m not going to send a lady to prison for something like this.”

Prosecutor Kerry McNulty said the incident began when Szumko and her friend, who had shared a bottle of vodka, were turned away from the live music venue in Notting Hill Gate for being too drunk.

She said initially the two women were fighting each other, but when bouncer Emmanuel Obaseri intervened, Szumko told him: “You f***ing black, you shouldn’t be standing between us.”

She then slapped the club manager, Ralph Laurila, on the neck before wandering off towards the nearby Russian Embassy.

When police arrived, she slapped one of the officers and began “shouting and screaming”, said Ms McNulty, before kicking another officer on the leg.

Szumko then wrapped her leg around the officer’s leg and refused to let go, as more police were called to the scene to help contain her.

“She was now put in handcuffs and leg restraints but was still thrashing around”, said Ms McNulty.

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Szumko spat in the face of one of the officers and, once in a cell at Charing Cross Police Station, she threw a glass of water over the custody officer.

She was heard shouting: “British p*****s, you don’t believe in any f***ing nation, you are going to f***ing die.

“F***ing racists, pretend to be white but wish Merry Christmas to Muslim people.”

The court heard Szumko, of Ealing, works at Debenhams in Oxford Street in between her studies and also volunteers at a Polish military history charity.

She admitted three counts of assaulting a police officer, three charges of racially aggravated public order offences, one count of assaulting an accredited person, and one charge of common assault.

The judge gave her until the end of April to pay compensation to her victims, which will come out of her next student loan payment.

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