A “heavy duty” career criminal who went on a naked, ecstasy-fuelled rampage through a busy toy store - abducting a six-year-old boy then battering the terrified boy’s grandmother with a cricket bat when she intervened - was today jailed for three years.
Przemyslaw Kaluzny was previously a member of a Polish criminal gang who stole cars to order before moving to Scotland a year before his crazed attack. Kaluzny will now be sent back to Poland to serve his sentence after immigration papers were served on him.
Dundee Sheriff Court heard Kaluzny has previously served a series of jail terms in Poland for violent offences, including a four-and-a-half year sentence for robbery and 10 months for hostage-taking.
His frenized Easter Sunday rampage was captured in an horrific CCTV video which was shown to a court ahead of his sentencing.
A sheriff branded the crime “horrifying and terrifying” before handing down the jail term.
The court heard how Kaluzny took at least five ecstasy tablets that he found in a Kinder Egg on the street before running amok in the store.
He first stripped off as he walked through the store, before picking up a terrified six-year-old boy who was on an Easter day out with his dad and grandmother.
Horror CCTV footage played in court shows shoppers walking past as Kaluzny calmly strolls through the store completely naked. He then grabs the terrified boy and drags him along the ground as he is chased by shoppers and staff.
One worker repeatedly rammed raving Kaluzny with a trolley before the boy’s grandmother - who cannot be named to protect the boy’s identity - hit him with her handbag.
Brave staff and shoppers then dived on top of Kaluzny as he tried to struggle his way free.
Fiscal depute Eilidh Robertson told the court that two hours before the incident Kaluzny had gone to a neighbour’s home where he “did not appear himself” and took ecstasy before leaving in a car for the shop.
She said: “A member of staff, Ryan Chaplin, saw him exit a car and enter the store. The accused was unsteady on his feet and holding a cricket bat.
“He began to remove the outer layers of his clothing and was still holding the cricket bat.”
Staff thought he was attempting to carry out a robbery and several workers went to the front of the store.
Miss Robertson said: “A female shopper, along with her six year old daughter, were within the female toilet at locus.
“She opened the main door of the toilet and saw the accused within the doorway, completely naked and holding a cricket bat in his left hand.
“She felt trapped and became scared due to the accused’s actions.
“Another member of staff was aware that young children were within the vicinity witnessing this so he ushered them away.
“The accused then proceeded to walk down the games aisle still in possession of the cricket bat whilst completely naked.
“He then attended within the seasonal aisle near to the entrance and approached a 10-year-old boy and ruffled his hair.
“About this time, a family comprising a man, his mother, aged 67, and his two sons aged eight and six arrived at the shop having been on a family Easter day out.
“The father and one son walked down one aisle looking at toys, while the grandmother and the six-year-old walked along a nearby aisle.
“Almost immediately they saw the accused running along the aisle towards her and the six-year-old.
“Without saying a word and appearing calm, the accused approached them, and whilst still running he forcefully grabbed the boy with one arm, lifting him from the ground and proceeding to run off with him in his arm towards the front entrance door.
“He immediately started crying hysterically and appeared petrified.
“The accused then went to leave the locus.
“The father and grandmother ran after the accused, along with staff and members of the public who came to their assistance.
“Numerous persons shouted at the accused to put the boy down, but he continued to hold him whilst swinging the cricket bat at everyone who attempted to go near him, including Mr Chaplin who repeatedly struck him with a shopping trolley in an attempt to get the accused to release his grip.
“The grandmother approached the accused, who was still carrying the boy and the cricket bat and attempted to hit him with her handbag.
“The accused then forcefully struck her on the left side of her face with the cricket bat causing her to stumble back, however she did not fall.
“At this time the father managed to pull his son free from the accused and other members of the public and staff managed to restrain the accused.
“The boy’s family comforted him who was extremely upset and had wet and soiled himself.
“Police attended at the locus and approached the accused who was being restrained on the ground at the front entrance of locus.
“The accused then had handcuffs and leg restraints applied to him, who was struggling violently whilst completely naked.”
Kaluzny, 41, presently detained at Murray Royal Hospital in Perth, pleaded guilty on indictment to posessing an offensive weapon, behaving in a threatening and abusive manner, public indecency, abduction, assault, assault to injury and vandalism.
Defence solicitor Nicola Brown said: “He was part of a ring of heavy duty criminals at home who in effect stole vehicles to order and that’s why his previous sentences have been fairly lengthy.
“He is remorseful about this incident. He just wants to be sentenced and extradited back to Poland, where his mother is currently very unwell.”
Sheriff Lorna Drummond QC jailed Kaluzny for three years - reduced from four for his early guilty plea.
She said: “It must have been a horrifying and terrifying experience for everyone in Toys ‘R Us that day, but particularly for that six-year-old boy and his grandmother.”
The boy’s grandmother previously told of the horor moment her grandson was snatched.
She said: “I swung my handbag at him and I can’t even remember if it hit him, but it got his attention and he focused on me.
“If he had hit me further up, I suppose he could have killed me.”