A TRAFFIC warden caught flouting the parking rules he was meant to be enforcing has been sacked from his city council job.
Nicholas Brzezinski repeatedly parked in a visitor permit only zone while on duty.
When Portsmouth City Council was tipped off that staff were abusing parking rules it launched an investigation.
A fellow civil enforcement officer visited the area in question – in the LA North parking zone in Southsea – and clocked Brzezinski’s Nissan Primera parked there displaying a visitor permit.
It was later discovered that on several occasions his job was to work as a parking warden in the area where he was dishonestly using the visitors’ parking permit.
When he was asked why he had flouted city parking rules during an interview, the court heard Brzezinski said: ‘So I wouldn’t get a parking ticket.’
Victoria Putnam, prosecuting, said: ‘The significant aggravating factor from the council’s point of view was the defendant was a fully-trained, experienced civil enforcement officer who undoubtedly used his knowledge to take advantage of the parking restrictions.’
Brzezinski, 64, admitted four counts of using a device with intent to deceive between November last year and February. He pleaded guilty to one count of possessing an item for use in connection with fraud.
Marie de Redman, defending, said of her client: ‘He knew he was breaching the terms of the permits but he wasn’t trying to do so in such a way that he was trying to cheat anybody out of any money or gain anything for himself.’
The court heard the permits were lawfully obtained and that Brzezinski had used them in the past lawfully.
He is a man of previous good character and does a lot of work in the community, including volunteering at Oasis The Venue Church in the city.
Brzezinkski, who was in the merchant navy and had been due to retire in February next year, has been dismissed from his job at the city council.
He is appealing the decision.
Brzezinski, of Ashby Place, Southsea, was ordered to do 80 hours of unpaid work in the next year.
He was told to pay £529.70 costs and a £60 victim surcharge by Portsmouth magistrates.