Carpet fitter strips naked and sets off 25 fire extinguishers at Premier Inn

Joseph Kerner, Cribbs Causeway Premier Inn.
Joseph Kerner was ordered to sign on the Sex Offenders’ register for seven years (Pictures: Irving of Exeter/Google)

A drunken hotel guest hurled sexual comments at a porter and ran from floor to floor setting off fire extinguishers while stark naked.

Joseph Kerner stripped off and stormed from his room to the reception of a Premier Inn in Bristol on November 23 last year.

Night porter Levi Hurn offered the 32-year-old a towel and politely asked him to return to his room but Kerner refused.

Instead, he made multiple ‘vulgar remarks’ to Levi, who he was judged to have targeted on account of the worker’s sexuality.

Kerner, a dad-of-two who works as a carpet fitter, then ran across three floors, setting off 25 fire extinguishers.

His ‘episode of utterly appalling behaviour’ caused a ‘a large amount of mess and fear’, forcing staff members to hide in an office and eventually causing the building to be evacuated.

When police arrived at the Cribbs Causeway hotel, Kerner was still holding a fire extinguisher and was verbally aggressive towards officers.

Premier Inn, Cribbs Causeway in Bristol.
Other guests at the Cribbs Causeway, in Bristol, had to be evacuated (Picture: Google)

Levi said the ‘schoolboy behaviour left him speechless’ and made him feel ‘shocked, embarrassed and like a fool’.

Kerner, from Barnstaple in North Devon, told officers he had no memory of his actions.

His defence lawyer told Exeter Crown Court: ‘There is no excuse. He is thoroughly ashamed at what he has done.

‘When he is sober, he is a decent hard-working person. When he is on the
beer he is a rather different person.’

Judge Timothy Rose said called it and ‘utterly dreadful incident’ and found that Kerner had targeted Levi because of his homosexuality.

Kerner admitted exposing himself, threatening behaviour and criminal damage
and was jailed for six months, suspended for 18 months.

He was also ordered to sign on the Sex Offenders’ register for seven years.

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