Man who used 'microwave as a weapon' and beat friend unconscious during drunk brawl jailed

Joe Gamp
Contributor, Yahoo News UK
Wasiewicz, of Torquay, Devon was jailed for seven-and-a-half years (DEVON AND CORNWALL POLICE)

A man who smashed a microwave oven into his friend's head during a drunken fight at their home has been jailed.

Exeter Crown Court heard Maciej Wasiewicz, 32, hit Damien Bakalarz after knocking him unconscious in a drunken brawl in Torquay, Devon.

The victim suffered facial fractures and a bleed on the brain in the attack. He needed life-saving surgery at Derriford Hospital, Plymouth and is currently recovering in a residential rehabilitation unit.

Wasiewicz pleaded guilty to GBH with intent at Exeter Crown Court (PA)

Wasiewicz,pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm with intent and was jailed for seven-and-a-half years.

Sentencing, Judge Peter Johnson said: "A drunken argument broke out and I accept that he assaulted you first. He punched you to the face and kicked him.

"It developed very quickly into a fight and it is also clear that in a very short time, you got the better of him.

"This was a sustained attack using a microwave as a weapon."

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Wasiewicz and Mr Bakalarz had been drinking vodka in a nearby cemetery in the morning, before a fight broke out at the house in Tor Church Road where they both had rooms.

Mr Lee Bremridge, defending, said Wasiewicz had been provoked by being attacked but had over reacted.

The trained engineer punched Mr Bakalarz in the face repeatedly before battering him with the microwave.

Mr Bremridge said: "The speed with which the argument escalated is reflected by the weapon that was used. It was not the most obvious, it was the microwave which had been knocked to the floor during the scuffle."