A JEALOUS man has been jailed for six-and-a-half years after attacking a workmate in his Herefordshire home with martial arts nunchucks and a knife.
Michael Judge, 44, wrongly suspected Sebastian Cieslinski was having an affair with his partner, Worcester Crown Court heard.
His resentment against his workmate grew over a couple of weeks and on September 20 last year, he left work at lunchtime and went armed to his home in Old Hill Court, Hom Green.
When Mr Cieslinski opened the door, Judge attacked him with the nunchucks and knocked him down, the jury was told.
He then attacked him with a kitchen knife and kicked and punched him but Mr Cieslinski fought him off.
Mr Cieslinski had bruising to his head, a black eye and a cut to his shin after the attack, the court heard.
Judge, of Bell Green, Coventry, pleaded not guilty to aggravated burglary and wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
The jury cleared him on the burglary charge after deciding he had entered through the door and not through the window, as the prosecution had alleged, but found him guilty on the wounding charge.
John Dyer, defending, said Judge had not been in any trouble with the courts for 20 years. He had four children and two grandchildren from relationships with three women.
Mr Dyer said he had spent most of his life in Coventry but had been working for the National Grid in the Ross-on-Wye area for two years and had known Mr Cieslinski during that time.
They had been friends and Mr Cieslinski had spent one Christmas with Judge and his partner when he could not get back to Poland.
“He can’t explain why he suddenly became jealous with no justification,” Mr Dyer said. He spent two weeks “working himself up” against Mr Cieslinski, who was completely blameless.
Judge had since split up with his partner of the time and had started a new relationship, Mr Dyer said.
“He had everything to live for and he has lost it in 15 minutes of madness,” Mr Dyer said.
Judge Michael Cullum said Judge had gone to Mr Cieslinski’s home with two weapons to attack him with the intention of causing him serious harm.