By Court reporter Thursday 25 October 2012 Updated: 26/10 08:47
A MAN who organised a ‘brutal gang attack’ on the partner of a Leamington woman he had met through an Internet dating site has been jailed.
Seweryn Paluszynski pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to a charge of aggravated burglary at his victim’s address in Tachbrook Road, Leamington, and the Birmingham was jailed for five-and-a-half years.
Prosecutor William Rickarby said that victim Pawel Chmielewski and his girlfriend lived in the upstairs rooms of the house in Tachbrook Road with her two children aged four and five, while two other people lived downstairs.
Early this year she met Paluszynski through an on-line dating site and they began send messages to each-other.
She then contacted Paluszynski, and when they met they spent some time together and he took her to his sister’s home in Birmingham, where she spent the night.
After that he kept asking her to leave Mr Chmielewski to be with him, and pursued that matter in a series of text messages but she ignored his requests.
He turned up at the house in Tachbrook Road at 7pm on March and tried to persuade her to leave with him.
And when she refused, he threatened to return with others – which he did two hours later.
He rang the door bell, and when Mr Chmielewski opened the door he was immediately set upon by about seven men who had hoods up to hide their faces.
With the two young children and two other residents in the house, Mr Chmielewski was pushed against a book shelf and kicked and beaten with weapons including a rolling pin, and suffered injuries including a broken nose.
Andrew Molloy, defending, said Paluszynski, who had no previous convictions, recognised that what he did was wholly wrong, and he was remorseful and regretful.
Jailing Paluszynski, recorder Nicholas Dean QC told him: “This was a very grave offence of aggravated burglary.
“It arose out of frustration on your part. After brooding for a period of time and drinking, you did what you promised to do and returned with a group, two of whom were armed.
“It was a brutal gang attack which was witnessed by others including children. Those occupying the premises must have been terrified.”
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