Belfast Telegraph

Ex-pilot jailed for drunkenly stabbing pals

By Asheligh McDonald

An former Polish Army helicopter pilot who stabbed two "boozing buddies" in his east Belfast flat has been handed a three-year sentence.

Janusz Slawski lifted a kitchen knife and attacked the two men he had been drinking with in the early hours of February 19 last year.

Branding the offences "serious" and warranting a prison sentence, Her Honour Judge McCaffrey told 60-year-old Slawski that he would spend half the sentence in jail and half on supervised licence.

Belfast Crown Court heard that as part of the defendant's licence conditions, he would have to attend programmes to end his alcohol dependency.

The court was also told that Slawski developed an alcohol problem following a fatal helicopter accident in Poland in the mid-90s.

Three people died in the incident, which happened while he was in control of the aircraft.

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