Sunday 18 August 2019

German jailed for year after storing urine and excrement in bags at flat

Robert Kummer stored bottles of urine and boxes of excrement in his flat for three months
Robert Kummer stored bottles of urine and boxes of excrement in his flat for three months
Robert Kummer, who stored bottles of urine and boxes of excrement in his flat for three months

Ralph Riegel

A former Apple worker was jailed for 12 months for causing €15,000 worth of damage to a luxury Cork flat by storing his faeces and urine in bottles, bags and boxes around the property over a three-month period.

The storage by Robert Kummer (37) of hundreds of bags of his own excrement and bottles of urine resulted in a major public health scare.

Gardaí were so concerned by what they discovered in the Fitton Street flat in Cork city centre that they alerted the fire brigade.

The smell was so noxious that brigade officials had to use breathing apparatus to conduct an examination of the flat interior. The excrement had seeped through the floorboards of the flat and officials were worried it may have entered other parts of the complex.

Gardaí were first notified when a neighbour became concerned about a foul smell emanating from Mr Kummer's flat.

The scene inside the flat was so graphic, with excrement smeared on walls, floors and even the ceiling, that gardaí initially feared "something untoward had happened."

But an investigation revealed that the German national, who moved to Ireland in 2009, had been storing his faeces in various containers around the flat for more than three months.

Kummer pleaded guilty to criminal damage at the complex on dates leading up to September 24 2013.

Judge Sean O'Donnabhain in Cork Circuit Criminal Court was told that the excrement had caused enormous damage.

All the floorboards had to be ripped up and replaced.

The entire flat had to be cleaned and fully redecorated, including all ceilings, walls and floors.

Kummer had been remanded on bail following his plea to allow him to raise compensation.

However, the court was told that, despite lengthy adjournments, he had raised only €800, despite being in good employment.

Psychiatrist Dr John Dennehy said that Kummer might have suffered from "depressive episodes".

However, he was still "at a loss to explain the behaviour."

Judge O'Donnabhain acknowledged it was a very strange case.

"This is a most unusual case. It is bizarre. There was very extensive damage to the property. It is essentially a case of fouling the property," he said.

"The accused had every opportunity to pay (significant) compensation. But he did not do so," he added.

Judge O'Donnabhain jailed the German national for 12 months.

Irish Independent

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