Man 60 was beaten, stabbed with scissors and left for dead
A THUG angered by sexual advances from a 60-year-old man has been jailed for causing horrific injuries to his victim with a pair of scissors.
Pawel Pusledzki, 27, left the older man for dead after a “frenzied attack” in July last year.
The victim suffered serious injuries to his face and skull, stab wounds to his body, and a severe internal injury.
It is believed he was stabbed with a pair of 17cm-bladed scissors during the attack. The exact details of what happened are too horrific for The Herald to print.
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Truro Crown Court heard the victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was felled by a blow to the head with a wine bottle before being struck with furniture, a walking stick, a pair of scissors and left for dead wearing just his underwear in his blood-splattered home, in Torpoint, Cornwall.
The victim regained consciousness the following morning and telephoned for an ambulance. He spent 12 days in hospital and required treatment for internal injuries.
Pusledzki, a father of two daughters, admitted wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and was jailed for eight years yesterday. His friend, Michal Walaszczyk, was acquitted of any involvement in the attack at a trial.
Sentencing him, Mrs Justice Sharp said: “This was a frenzied attack.
“[The victim] was vulnerable, he was a smaller and older man.
“This attack was gratuitous degradation. It can be said, and there is no doubt, that you were extremely drunk when you committed the offence.”
The court heard Pusledzki was drinking in Plymouth with his friend after hearing news that one of his daughters was ill - something the judge said did not explain his actions.
Prosecutor David Gittins said Pusledzki and his friend had been drinking at Kitty O'Hanlon's pub on July 2, 2012, when the victim, himself very drunk, walked in.
The three agreed to go back to the victim's home in Cornwall to continue drinking when an argument broke out.
Mr Gittins said: “At that time, for some reason, [the victim] was attacked.
“He was first hit over the head with a wine bottle and knocked to the ground.
“Following that, there was a sustained attack. [The victim] was hit with furniture, a walking stick, and believed to have been stabbed with scissors.
“He was in excruciating pain,” he said.
The court heard how Pusledzki was said to have wanted to “finish off” his victim, leaving no evidence. But the victim said Mr Walaszczyk “saved his life” by calling a halt to the attack. They left the scene without contacting emergency services.
Robert Linford, defending, said his client had pleaded guilty at the first possible occasion.
Describing the moments leading up to the attack, he said Mr Walaszczyk “believed he was being attacked and so was his friend (Pusledzki), in a homosexual way”. He added: “As he (Pusledzki) acknowledged, he completely overreacted to it.”
He said his client was finding it difficult in prison because he was foreign, and due to it being his first time in custody.
The judge acknowledged it was not a pre-meditated attack, but that it did involve numerous weapons.
She told Pusledzki, who had been living in England since 2011 following the separation from his wife in Poland, that he was likely to serve half his sentence before being released on licence.