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Attacker Janusz Wiszniewski stamped on victim at house in Jarrom Street, Leicester


An attacker who kicked and stamped on a man while he was helpless on the floor has been jailed for 10 years.

Janusz Wiszniewski (45) left the 34-year-old victim with a punctured lung, fractured ribs and extensive facial bruising.

He was convicted on Thursday of inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent.

The attack happened on May 2, 2011, at a house in Jarrom Street, near Leicester Royal Infirmary.

The victim shared the property with a number of Polish nationals, including a nephew of the defendant, Krzysztof, and a friend, Dawid.

The defendant was a visitor to the house.

Ben Gow, prosecuting, said that after being given notice to quit the property, the occupants were in the process of moving out.

The victim said everyone had left apart from him.

At 8pm, he was still packing in his room.

The defendant, along with Dawid and Krzysztof, suddenly burst into his room.

"I don't know what the reason was," he told the jury, through an interpreter.

He said Dawid – whose surname and current whereabouts are unknown – began punching him repeatedly in his face, knocking him to the ground.

The defendant then joined in, kicking him in the face and ribs, while Krzysztof watched but took no part.

The victim said: "I was curled up on the ground, trying to cover my face. I was being kicked in my back, chest and face.

"I remember Janusz had shoes with heels as he kicked me continuously, while Dawid was hitting me with his fists."

Mr Gow said afterwards, the victim managed to get to the infirmary, where he spent two days receiving treatment.

Wiszniewski, of no fixed address, denied the offence, saying he did not know the victim, having only met him for the first time earlier that day, when he had a drink with Krzysztof and Dawid in the garden.

He said he left the property before any violence and was the victim of mistaken identity.

The victim disagreed, saying the defendant had visited several times and had stayed overnight.

He picked him out in a police identification procedure.

Sentencing, Judge Philip Head said: "It was a sustained assault lasting several minutes by two people.

"You weren't the first attacker. He (Dawid) punched, but you kicked and were equally responsible ."

Edward Barr, mitigating after the verdict, said Wiszniewski had a drink problem and because he spoke no English he would find himself isolated in prison.

Attacker Janusz Wiszniewski stamped on victim at house in Jarrom Street, Leicester

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