Man jailed for hitting step-son with metal pole

Peterborough Crown Court.
Peterborough Crown Court.
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A man who assaulted his step-son with a metal pole in Peterborough has been jailed for four months.

Mikel Szewoczuk (34) of Rosa Lane, Pinchbeck, was sentenced at Peterborough Crown Court yesterday (Monday) after pleading guilty to one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The court was told Szewoczuk had been called by his partner on January 26 this year. His partner had said her son had stolen jewellery from her, and sold it to pawn shops to raise money to buy class A drugs.

Szewoczuk had gone to see his step-son, who was at flats in Peterborough.

Charles Faulk, defending, said: “He knew his step-son was with people from the drug community, so took a friend and a pole with him.

“He asked his step-son to come with him, and he agreed - but then changed his mind. He hit him with the pole to make him come with him.”

The court heard Szewoczuk’s victim was left with red marks following the assault - which was witnessed by a member of the public, who called police.

Mr Faulk told the court Szewoczuk and his partner had tried to buy back the jewellery, but were told only the person who had sold it could buy it back.

Mr Faulk asked Judge Sean Enright to pass a sentence which would not send his client to prison. He said Szewoczuk had no previous convictions, and had already served the equivalent of a two month sentence in prison on remand waiting for yesterday’s hearing.

Mr Faulk said: “This is a thoroughly decent, hard working man of good character. This is a very unusual and highly exceptional case.”

But Judge Enright said he had no option but to impose a custodial sentence, because the defendant had used a weapon in the attack.