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Man who split friend's head open with vase amid claims of affair with his girlfriend avoids jail

By Alan Erwin

A man who split his friend's head open with a vase amid claims of an affair with his girlfriend has avoided being sent to jail.

Krzysztof Wisniewski, 36, was handed a seven-month suspended prison sentence for launching the attack during a drinking session at a house in Belfast.

The Polish national must also pay £400 compensation to the victim, a judge ordered.

Wisniewski, of no fixed abode, had been due to contest a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

But he instead entered a guilty plea as the hearing was set to get underway at Belfast Magistrates' Court.

Violence flared on January 29 after Wisniewski, his girlfriend and the victim spent the afternoon drinking, according to prosecution counsel Natalie Pinkerton.

She said: "The injured party was struck over the head with a vase, and required four stitches to the head.

"When police arrived at the scene the defendant explained that he had found out the injured party and his partner had an affair."

Defence barrister Richard McConkey told the court Wisniewski "reacted very badly" after hearing other allegations.

"He made the case that the injured party did go for him first," Mr McConkey added.

District Judge Fiona Bagnall insisted that attack "passes the custody threshold", irrespective of the background.

However, she noted Wisniewski's lack of previous convictions since moving to Northern Ireland 14 years ago.

Sentencing him to seven months in jail, Mrs Bagnall suspended the term for 18 months.

She also directed that he is to pay £100 compensation for each stitch to the victim's head.

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