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Judge jails man for attacking pensioner and praises those who tried to help her

November 14, 2012, 5:27 pm

A man who attacked an elderly woman has been jailed for a decade by a judge who praised members of the public who tried to help her.

Damian Niedzwiecki was sentenced to ten years in prison after he pleaded guilty to wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm. He was also given two years concurrent for each of three counts of having a blade or similar weapon in public.

Judge Andrew Hamilton also gave the 25-year-old a restraining order to protect the victim and offered rewards of £250 to three members of the public, who tried to intervene and helped officers on the night of the attack.

Niedzwiecki, of Breedon Street, Long Eaton, was sentenced at Derby Crown Court on Monday, November 12.

Police were called to Howard Street, Long Eaton, on the night of Friday, July 13, by residents who saw Niedzwiecki in the road with knives. When they arrived, they saw him go inside a house on the street. They followed him, forcing their way in when he tried to stop them. They found the victim, who is related to Niedzwiecki, lying injured on the floor and the officers disarmed him.

The woman had suffered facial injuries, including cuts and bruises, and a broken finger.

The three men rewarded by Judge Hamilton were responsible for raising the alarm, trying to get inside the house to help the victim and assisting police officers at the scene.

The case was investigated by Operation Diamond, a specialist team of detectives set up to solve serious sexual or violent crimes. Officer in the case DC Ian Blakeley said: “The attack left the elderly victim very shaken and upset. She suffered a cut to her cheek that needed stitches and was covered in bruises.

“The men who tried valiantly to intervened should be commended for their efforts. They saw her lying in the living room and tried to get into the house but they were confronted by Niedzwiecki. One man called the police and when officers arrived, helped them to force the front door open.

“Im pleased with this sentencing, which reflects the very serious nature of this crime.”

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