A man who left his victim lucky to be alive is jailed for 6 years
September 14, 2012, 2:54 pm
A man who stabbed his victim five times, leaving him lucky to be alive, has been jailed.
Maciej Zablocki (born 29/10/1991), of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to section 18 wounding at an earlier hearing and today, 14 September 2012, was jailed for six years at Minshull Street Crown Court.
The victim, 26, went to a gathering at a house on Smallshaw Lane in Ashton-under-Lyne on Saturday 18 February 2012, to show support for a friend who had recently lost a loved one.
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Zablocki was also present and the two got chatting, but it quickly turned into an argument and eventually a physical altercation in which a glass door was smashed during the scuffle.
The pair were separated and the victim went outside, but he was chased by Zablocki who struck the man in his forehead, causing him to fall backwards and hit his head on the pavement. Zablocki then continued to attack the victim while he lay defenceless on the floor.
One witness described it as the most brutal attack they had ever seen.
The victim was taken to Tameside General Hospital and treated for a stab wound to the clavicle area of his neck, three stab wounds to the left side of his body and a fifth stab wound close to his kidneys.
Zablocki was arrested a few days later at a restaurant. During his interview, Zablocki admitting stabbing the man with a small knife he found at the house.
Detective Constable Claire Platt said: “One of the witnesses who saw this attack said it was frenzied and out of control. Given the fact he was stabbed five times, this man is incredibly lucky to be alive, and the severity of Zablockis actions cannot be underestimated.
“When he was being interviewed, Zablocki admitted he was drunk. This is clearly no excuse, but shows what can happen when alcohol causes the red mist to descend, and in a few moments of madness Zablocki could have seriously injured a young man or even worse.
“I hope it serves as a stark warning to people that when you mix alcohol and violence, you could be facing a very long prison sentence.
“Our original appeal for information was covered extensively in the local media, which resulted in two independent witnesses coming forward that have ultimately helped achieve this successful conviction. I would like to praise those people for speaking up and helping the victim get the justice he deserves.”