Prison for Pawel Pusledzki after scissors attack caused horrific injuries
A POLISH father angered by sexual advances from a 60-year-old Torpoint man has been jailed for stabbing him numerous times and causing horrific injuries with a pair of scissors.
Pawel Pusledzki, 27, left the man for dead after the "frenzied attack" at his home in July last year.
The victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was beaten so severely during the attack that his skull was fractured and patterns from a walking stick were engraved on his skin.
He suffered serious injuries to his face and skull, stab wounds to his body, and a severe internal injury after being violated internally with a pair of 17cm-bladed scissors during the attack. The exact details of what happened are too horrific for the Cornish Guardian to print.
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Truro Crown Court heard on Friday that the victim was "smashed" over 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.
He regained consciousness the following morning and telephoned for an ambulance. He spent 12 days in hospital and required treatment for internal injuries.
Pusledzki, of Wyndham Street West, Plymouth, admitted wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and was jailed for eight years on Friday.
His friend, Michal Walaszczyk, 23, of Beaumont Road, St Judes, Plymouth, was acquitted of any involvement in the attack at a trial.
Sentencing, judge Mrs Justice Victoria Sharp said: "This was a frenzied attack. He was a much smaller and older man, who was extremely drunk himself and vulnerable.
"It can be said, and there is no doubt, that you were extremely drunk when you committed the offence."
Pusledzki had been drinking in Plymouth with his friend, Michal Walaszczyk, on July 2, 2012 after hearing news that his daughter was ill – something that the judge said did not explain his actions.
Prosecutor David Gittins said Pusledzki and his friend were drinking in a pub when the victim, himself very drunk, walked in.
The three men agreed to go back to his home in Torpoint to continue drinking when an argument broke out.
He said: "For reasons which never seem to be explained, he was attacked.
"He was first hit over the head with a wine bottle which knocked him to the ground.
"Following that there was a sustained attack. He was hit with furniture and a walking stick and believed to have been stabbed with scissors."
He said the victim was in "excruciating" pain.
The court heard Pusledzki was believed to have said to have wanted to "finish off" his victim, leaving no evidence.
But his victim said Mr Walaszczyk "saved his life" by calling a halt to the attack. They left the scene without contacting emergency services.
Robert Linford, for the defence, said his client had pleaded guilty at the first possible occasion and was "very sorry" for his actions.
He said Pusledzki, who was described as a hard worker with no previous convictions, had believed he and his friend were being approached "in a homosexual way".
"He completely overreacted to it," he said. "He lost his temper and he subjected his victim to the assault."
The judge said she was satisfied it was not a premeditated attack but that there was the intention to commit more serious harm to the victim and sentenced Pusledzki to eight years in prison. She told him he would serve up to half in custody before being released on licence.