Polish duo caged for brutal drunken assault on friend
Two Polish men who turned on a friend have each been jailed for a year for what a judge described as a "brutal and extreme assault'' on their fellow national.
Robert Buhl (39) and Maciej Matuisak (31) both pleaded guilty at Belfast Crown Court to causing grievous bodily harm to Vladimir Agejavs.
The court heard that their 53-year-old victim sustained severe injuries to his face after he was punched and kicked by the accused during the alcohol-fuelled attack almost two years ago.
Prosecuting counsel Peter Magill said the three men were heavily intoxicated after drinking vodka at a flat belonging to the defendants in Bedeque House, Annesley Street, near the Mater Hospital in north Belfast.
"On December 21, 20011, Mr Agejavs was found unconscious at about 3.17pm in the communal hall of the building. He had suffered severe head injuries," added Mr Magill, who said that when arrested the accused claimed they had been somewhere else at the time of the attack.
Doctors said Mr Agejavas was treated for a large swelling to his head, a broken nose, nosebleeds and a number of fractures to his face.
Defence lawyers for Buhl and Matusiak said they were both "deeply remorseful'' for the assault and admitted they had alcohol dependency problems.
Judge Miller said: "This assault was brutal in the extreme. There is little difference in the culpability of the defendants.''
He sentenced the pair to two-and-a-half years, with one year to be spent in custody and 18 months on licence.